Sunday, December 19, 2010

Garlicky Kale

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Ever since starting Friday Firsts, I'm constantly on the lookout for new and interesting things to try (moreso than usual).

When Foodista tweeted about this kale dish, I bookmarked it. I had been wanting to try kale and this dish looked like a simple, flavor-packed way to do just that.

I doubled the recipe, making slight alterations.

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 bunches curly kale
~8 cloves garlic, minced
~4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
dash freshly grated nutmeg

To prep the kale, remove the stems by holding in one hand and running the other hand's index and middle finger along the stem, "stripping" the leafy greens from it. Place in a colander and rinse really well under cold water.

In a high sided large skillet add the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, add the kale and cover. It will take about 5 minutes to reduce. Stir occassionally, taking care to rotate the bottom kale to the top, and vice versa.

Uncover and add the garlic, balsamic, and nutmeg. Cook for another minute or two, until the garlic has softened. Toss so the garlic and vinegar are combined well.

Yields 4 generous servings, probably closer to 6 if you're normal. (Hey, we love our veggies, ok!?)

I loved it! It was really substantial, if that makes sense. It had a great, hearty flavor for a green. The tinge of the balsamic was the perfect balance and all of the garlic was the perfect compliment. I'm not really sure what the nutmeg added, but Rachael Ray swears by it, so I had to try, right!?

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Eleanor said...

Mmm.. I would add some white or cannellini beans to this to keep it veg, or sliced cooked sausage if not, then serve it over freshly cooked pasta or gnocchi.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I am so glad you got around to trying kale! I always have some in my fridge. I love making kale chips! They are surprisingly tasty! I also just made an Italian white bean and kale slow cooker soup. Can't wait to see what other kale recipes you try :-)

Amanda said...

I should try that! The recipe looked so good when you tweeted it to me. :)