Oyster-Swiss Chard Gratin with Country Bacon


Reprinted with permission from Southern Comfort: A New Take on the Recipes We Grew Up With by Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing
Photography by Ed Anderson © 2012

Super easy

Oyster-Swiss Chard Gratin with Country Bacon


For 8 Person(s)


  • 3 thick slices smoky bacon, cut into small dice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard, stemmed, leaves chopped into ½-in. dice
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 18 oysters, freshly shucked, patted dry and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cups fresh bread crumbs

Oyster-Swiss Chard Gratin with Country Bacon Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Brown the bacon in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter, onion, garlic and Swiss chard and sauté until the chard is completely wilted. Remove from the heat. Pour the mixture into a colander set in the sink and squeeze out all excess liquid. Reserve.
  3. Return the pan to the stove and add the cream and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over high heat, then decrease the heat to medium-low so that the cream does not boil over. Cook the cream until it reduces to 1 cup. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a bowl, combine the chard mixture, cooled cream and oysters. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into a 3-quart gratin dish. Using the back of a spoon, spread the mixture evenly. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and sprinkle the topping evenly over the gratin.
  5. Bake until the mixture is bubbling around the sides and the crust is lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.

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