Smoky Garlic Lemon KalePosted: March 14, 2012
The first time I tasted kale, I must admit, I spit it out and threw it away.
But my vegan daughter continued to wax eloquent about the virtues of kale: its texture, its taste, its nutrition! Then one day I tasted a bite of kale, cooked right. I was an instant Kale Convert. Now I also say, “All hail to kale!” It keeps a nice, un-mushy texture in soups and stews and I love the little bit of chewiness. Like spinach that never turns to slime.
Recently Rachel snapped this picture of her baby, Jackson, overjoyed with his fist full of kale. If this face doesn’t convince you to try it, I’m pretty sure nothing will.
This recipe is a wonderful side dish that I like so much, I could honestly eat the whole bunch for lunch. (And in fact, I just did.) It reminds me of the southern-style greens from my childhood that were cooked all day with bacon. But this recipe adds smoky flavor without bacon, richness without added fat, and only takes about ten minutes to whip up.
Smokey Garlic Lemon Kale
1/2 c. water
1 1/2 t. vinegar
1 bunch kale
2 cloves garlic
1/4 t. smoked paprika (see picture below)
1 t. olive oil
1/2 t. brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Tear stems from kale, then rinse and rough chop into about one inch pieces. “Massage” these pieces with your hands for about five seconds to tenderize them.
Into a skillet put: water, vinegar and 2 peeled cloves of garlic, chopped into about four to six slices each. Boil this mixture and then add the kale. Turn heat down to medium and simmer for about 7 minutes. Check it about 1/2 through cooking to make sure there is enough liquid in the pot to keep the kale from burning. The tricky part is to babysit the kale so that the kale itself absorbs as much liquid as possible, without going dry and burning.
When kale is tender, add olive oil, juice from one half a lemon, and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Serves about 4 people, unless you are me, and ravenous, then it only serves one.
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