Swiss chard gratin

Pickling the chard first gives it a very deep, robust flavour. Goes well with venison or a meaty fish like turbot or halibut cooked on the bone

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:40 mins
    plus cooling
  • Serves 4
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 507
  • fat 49g
  • saturates 30g
  • carbs 7g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 10g
  • salt 1g


  • 400g Swiss chard
  • 3 star anise
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 300g white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 100g Gruyère, grated
  • good pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. To pickle the chard, put 400ml water in a large saucepan or sauté pan with the star anise, sugar and vinegar. Put the remaining spices in a cloth bag tied with string, add to the pan, bring to the boil, then drop in the chard, stalk first. Press the chard down in the pan and simmer for 3-4 mins – don’t worry if you can’t cover the leaves completely in the liquid, as they will wilt and become submerged while cooking. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Once cooled, remove the chard from the pickle mix and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Lay the chard in an A4-sized baking dish. In a bowl, whisk the cream and garlic together with some seasoning, then pour over the chard. Sprinkle over the cheese and cayenne pepper, and bake for 30 mins.

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