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Kale Braised

I grew kale for the first time this year. It’s doing great. It must love hot, dry weather.

I am still pretty new to eating and preparing kale. I have been looking for different ways to use the kale in my cooking. I made kale chips during the winter and wrote a post about the health benefits of kale.

I must admit it is a little tougher then the greens I’m used to eating. I thought I would try several different ways to cook this super food and see what happens. I found a simple recipe here. This is an easy recipe and thought it was a good place to start.

You’ll need:


2 Tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic finely minced

1 cup water

1/4 cup champagne or red wine vinegar

salt and pepper

Wash and dry your kale.

Remove stems if desired.
Roll the kale and slice into thin strips

Add oil to  a large fry pan or pot. Heat over medium heat.

Add finely diced garlic

Cook until softened.

Add kale and water

Simmer over low heat. Stirring kale occasionally until tender. I simmered it for about 12 – 15 minutes. It will take much longer if you didn’t remove the stems.

Season with salt and pepper. Add vinegar stir and eat.

Overall I thought it was pretty good. I love garlic so I will add more the next time. Stay tuned for recipe #2. Do you have a special way you cook kale?

Shared at: Happy Hour Projects , My Turn (for us) , Here Comes the Sun , The Frugal Girls , Premediated Leftovers , Just Winging It , Little Becky Homecky ,  The Not so Functional Housewife , Food Renegade , A Night Owl

5 thoughts on “Kale Braised”

  1. Evelyn says:

    I have never tried Kale but we had a very good friend that just loved it. I think it makes such an awesome plant though, I love the way it looks (kinda decorative). Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

  2. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers says:

    I think I have told you before, but I am a huge fan of kale. It grows right through the winter and we drop down to -10 in the winter. The snow provides insulation and the kale just keeps chugging a long. Your braised kale looks fantastic! I also enjoy kale in soups like minestrone in place of spinach leaves.

    1. Diane says:

      I think soup would be good. I will have to try keeping it over winter. it sure seems hardy. Pretty plant too. My sister in law uses it in so many things. I’m a little more cautious lol!

  3. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    I’m new to preparing kale as well – it always used to scare me! I like the idea of braising it though; your recipe sounds delicious. And your kale plants are just gorgeous!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks April, they seem to be loving this hot dry summer. Thanks for stopping by.

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