Here is a slight variation on the sausage and Swiss chard sauteé so common in our house. This recipe calls for a base of creamy polenta underneath the asparagus and Swiss chard available in such abundance this time of year. As noted below, and as recounted so memorably in Bill Buford’s Heat, the polenta only improves from a long, slow cooking time. Also, if you’re going to the trouble of making polenta, you might want to double the batch, and use it as a base for any number of sautées, polenta cakes, or the like through the rest of the week.
If Google search results are any indication, potatoes with swiss chard are an Italian favorite, and one combination I had never considered before! This recipe is just one of many interpretations of this pairing out there, so if you should like this recipe (or even if you don’t) keep searching, there are many more like it out there!