Chard Stems with Golden Onions and Fresh Bread Crumbs
Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Trim off any bruised parts off the stems. Add the chard stems; salt to taste. Cook until the stems are almost tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and reserve the stems. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Use 1 tablespoon of the butter to grease a 13" x 9" glass or ceramic baking dish.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet. Add the onions and saute over medium heat until richly colored, about 8 minutes. Add the cream and simmer just until thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the chard stems in a single layer in the greased baking dish. Drizzle the onion mixture over the chard. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Bake until the crumbs are golden-brown and the cream has glazed the chard, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 4 as a side dish.