Swiss chard, also known as mangold or blitva, is a very popular vegetable in the Balkan countries. The first time I came across it was a few years ago during my vacation in Croatia. It was in a small village in Dalmatia where they served blitva with boiled potatoes as an accompaniment to grilled fish and seafood. After returning from vacation, I tried to buy this vegetable at home, but to no avail. And so, during the last few years the only opportunity for me to eat blitva was my annual vacation in Croatia – up until this year. This year, I have my own vegetable garden and I sowed the mangold i.e. blitva in it. It was a very good decision, because I use its leaves not only in combination with potatoes, but I also make other dishes from it. Mangold works great in omelettes, scrambled eggs, soups and salads.
Below I would like to share with you a recipe for a traditional Croatian dish, which is blitva with potatoes. To prepare this dish, I used new potatoes and young mangold leaves. First, I boiled the potatoes, then fried them for a while with the mangold. Personally, I am not a fan of boiling mangold, I definitely prefer to fry it in olive oil. I know that some people boil it, but I think it only makes sense with large and slightly older leaves. New potatoes with mangold are a great addition to poultry, fish and seafood. They taste equally well when served with kefir, buttermilk or yogurt. I recommend the following recipe for new potatoes with mangold and I hope you will like this dish.
Ingredients for new potatoes with mangold.
- 500 g new potatoes
- 100 g mangold
- 2 big cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
How to make new potatoes with mangold.
Remove the peel from the potatoes, place them in a pot, and add water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring them to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Wash the mangold leaves, dry them and cut each leaf into thin strips. Pour olive oil into a frying pan, add the mashed garlic and fry for a few seconds. Subsequently, add the cut mangold and continue frying over a medium heat for about 5 minutes. After that, add the boiled potatoes, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, pepper and fry together for another 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.
Good to know when making new potatoes with mangold.
To make this dish I used new potatoes. After peeling their skin (I do not cut the potatoes, but only scrape them with a knife), I cut the larger pieces into two or four parts.
If you can’t buy mangold anywhere, you can replace it with spinach leaves. However, the taste of the dish will be slightly different than that the one made with mangold.
Do you like dishes with potatoes? If so, try our recipe for Jacket potatoes with cottage cheese.