Dinner/ Main Dish

Swiss Chard, Fennel, And White Bean Gratin

Swiss Chard, Fennel, And White Bean Gratin

Creighton Community Foundation
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal


  • Oven
  • Dutch Oven
  • Stirring Spoon


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large bulb fennel cored, and sliced thin (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large onion sliced thin (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium cloves garlic minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 bunches swiss chard about 1 pound, leaves removed,
  • tender stems sliced thinly
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 15 ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 ounces finely grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • about 1 cup



  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Melt 2
  • tablespoons butter in a large saucepot or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Add fennel and onion, season with salt and pepper, and
  • cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and
  • translucent, about 10 minutes, reducing heat if it starts to brown. Add
  • garlic and cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.


  • Add 1/3 or swiss chard and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 1 minute.
  • Repeat with remaining swiss chard in two more batches. Add nutmeg
  • and flour and stir to combine. Add half and half, stir to combine, and
  • cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Add beans and reduce to a
  • bare simmer. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.


  • Meanwhile, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Toss breadcrumbs,
  • butter, and cheese in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.


  • Season filling with salt and pepper, transfer to a large casserole dish,
  • top with breadcrumbs, and bake until golden brown on top and
  • bubbling around the edges, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let
  • rest about 10 minutes, and serve.
Keyword Fennel, Swiss Chard, White Beans

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