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Chard & Potaoes | Blitva | Croatian Recipes

A hearty and traditional peasant dish from the Dalmatian peoples of the Croatian coast. Blitva is a combination of potatoes, chard, garlic, and olive oil that is a perfect autumn and winter accompaniment to any meal but also a great unique side dish for your holiday Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

My recipe here makes enough for 8 people or for leftovers!

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Peel and wash the potatoes.
  2. Set them to boil in a large pot of salted water and allow to boil.
  3. As the potatoes boil, seperate the chard stem and leaf. Chop the stems and leaves roughly.
  4. After the potatoes have boiled for 20 minutes, add the chard stems to the water.
  5. Allow the potatoes and stems to boil for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add the chard greens and allow to boil until wilted (60 seconds).
  7. Pour out the potatoes and chard into a colander and allow to drain very well.
  8. As the potatoes and chard drain, heat the butter and olive oil up up on the stovetop over medium heat. Use either the same pot that you used to boil the vegetables, or a different heavy-bottomed one, like the French oven pictured, which will then double as a serving dish too.
  9. Add the garlic to the oil and butter mixture, allow to become fragrent (60 seconds).
  10. Immediately add the potatoes and chard into the oil and butter. Add a big pinch of salt and lots of freshly cracked black pepper. Stir and roughly mash the potatoes. You can mash them into a finer puree if you would like, but I prefer to keep the potatoes more rustic. It suits the dish better.
  11. Allow to come to room temeprature, check if salt and pepper is to taste, and serve.

Notes

Best served at room temperature!