The Crazy Suburban Mom: What's in my pantry for dinner? Kale!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

What's in my pantry for dinner? Kale!

Ah Kale! What? You've never tried kale? You think it's something that comes along side a steak as a garnish?

Oh silly you!

Kale rocks the house. Kale is so good... and don't tell anyone but it's good for you too. It's not metallic like spinach, nor does it cook down to mush... It can stay nice and tender ...without dissolving into a pile of spinachy goo.

Cooking it? A breeze! First get yourself 1 to 2 pounds of kale (try not to get kale that's too big because the stalks will be very tough). Chop it up roughly and rinse is very well... I like to put it in a large pot of water and let the grit fall to the bottom. If you skip this step you will feel like you are face down on a beach... and chewing... when you try to eat it. Not good. But clean the kale and it's sublime!

Heat 2 to 3 T of oil (olive, vegetable... or a combination of oil and butter) in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic and cook a minute (don't burn the garlic!) . Add the kale, stirring to get it going. Kale shrinks so don't fret... As long as you used a reasonably large pan, it will fit. But do use a reasonably large pan.

Add a half cup of stock (chicken, beef, whatever you have) or water to the pan and raise the heat to high. Mix in the kale a bit.

Cook 5 minutes until kale wilts.

Remove cover and continue to cook. Liquid will evaporate. Stir a time or two.... Season with salt and pepper to taste.



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