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How to cook Kale?

I'm trying to explore different types of vegetables and recently heard that kale is great for you. I'm not sure how to prepare it so it tastes good though. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

Fri. Feb 17, 2:59pm

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This is really good:
Sautee Kale in olive oil
Add salt, roasted pine nuts, and currants.
Yum!

Friday, February 17, 2006, 3:23 PM

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Steamed in a pan with garlic

Friday, February 17, 2006, 4:22 PM

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chop coarsly and add to soups in the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 5:56 PM

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Sautee in a very small amount of veggie oil (enough to get them to wilt), then put a little chicken stock and close the pan to let it "steam".

Add a little dried shrimp and a couple drops of dark sesame oil (lot of flavor for a few small drops) and a little sea salt.

I cook Napa Cabbage this way as well--You can get the Dried Shrimps at an Asian Grocery store...

Or, of you prefer, you can use bonito (fish) flakes or some dried seaweed. (you can get these at Japanese grocery stores, or Whole Foods may have it as well.)

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 10:42 PM

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I have a stupid question: what does it look like? I don't even know how to pick it out in a grocery. OP, thanks for starting the thread.

Sunday, February 19, 2006, 5:46 PM

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Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable. It would be in the produce dept. along with the collard greens and such. I have a great recipe that uses kale. It's Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana soup. (potato and sausage) The only thing is it is probably not as low in calories as you might like. It really tastes just like you would get at the restaurant.

Sunday, February 19, 2006, 6:03 PM

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Thanks from OP

Thanks guys. I'll try a few of the ways that you all listed to find what tastes the best to me! I'm excited by the new ideas

Monday, February 20, 2006, 12:33 PM

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I think one of the old "southern" recipes of cooking Kale (collards, mustard greens, etc.) is by stewing with some ham hocks (or bacon) until the greens are well-cooked--I believe the salt draws out the bitterness).. and then to sprinkle some ground black pepper and vinegar or vinegar based hot sauce (such as Tobasco) on it when eatiing.

The ham hocks or bacon draws out the bitterness.... You may want to try smoked pork chops (fat cut off) or a leaner cut of ham if you don't want something as fatty...



Monday, February 20, 2006, 12:40 PM

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Great tip to cook kale

soak it in orange juice before cooking. Takes the edge off, adds nutrients. Then you rinse and steam!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 3:14 PM

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I've never understood how people can eat cooked Kale, or cooked spinach. I have yet to find a way that I can stand the texture. At the same time, I have yet to find a green vegetable besides green onions and peppers that I like cooked...

That being said, I appreciated Kale is normally served cooked, but I prefer to cut mine into little pieces and use in place of spinach in lasagna (ok, not the "healthiest" way...) or simply put it in a salad with my spinach and romaine.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 8:13 PM

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