My wife and I wanted to expand our limited range of veg selection and bought some kale and boiled it and it was totally inedible, soooo bitter. How does one eat kale and WHY if it's so bitter.
Perhaps our kale was just SUPER bitter for some reason.
I make Kale Chips
Oven at 350F, tear kale into "chip-size" pieces (remove the stem) and toss in olive oil. I sprinkle on some sea salt although everyone has a variation/preference as far as seasoning. Bake for about 10-15 minutes (don't let them turn into brown burnt crisps!)
I toss kale into my stir-fries, etc. Think of kale as a substitute for spinach in certain dishes.
As for the bitterness, what exactly did your kale look like? Was it a crinkly dark green? Purple? Some varieties tend to be more bitter than others. Like some lettuces, the smaller the leaves, the less bitter they are. I grow kale and lettuce- I prefer the baby leaves over the ginormous ones.
Sautee it with onion or garlic (if you eat those) and add a splash of vinegar when done cooking, the vinegar cuts the bitterness. Raw, salads are great mixed with fruit and I second the kale "chips" totally addicting.
Really, do ANY vegetables taste all that great boiled? Also, make sure you're removing the ribs.
I generally saute kale and it's delish. Another way is to marinate it. My pre-paleo recipe was 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 vinegar, 1/3 cup orange juice and splash of soy sauce. Let it sit for at least 4 hours, but overnight is better. Even people who don't like kale like this.
My families favorite way to eat kale is raw. The kids DEVOUR it. The key to eating it raw is to massage olive oil into every leaf. The massaging of the leaf is "cooking" it. Then you can use your imagination. Dice up red onion, avocado, sprinkle with sea salt and cayenne. It is divine and even better the 2nd day. This may not be the exact recipe that got us started making this stuff (at least once a month), but it is close. We usually don't do the lemon juice or tomato, but I think the first time we made it we did. We rarely cook it because every time we get it we like the salad, but if we do, it is usually the kale chips!
you must cook it within a day or two of when you bought it to avoid the bitterness, and make sure to buy from a grocery that has high turnover.
i steam it or cook it in a pressure cooker with some bacon for flavor. it comes out delicious. add some coconut oil or ghee on top. plus some seat salt.
Lacinato Kale is my absolute FAVE - oh man, Lacinato, lemon, shallot, Maldon sea salt - YUM. My suggestions: Kale chips. Chiffonade and add to a big bowl of greens and treat just like salad. Saute with whatever you like - shaved garlic and lemon juice is a solid. Steam the leaves and use as a roll-up. Chop up, season, and stuff a chicken, or any meat for that matter, with the mixture - add a few nuts, super good. Slice into an omelet. Add to soup. Acid is always a key ingredient so definitely utilize. Oh! I've used the leaves to wrap burgers in as well. Faux bun! Have fun :)
Kale chips, saute kale or steam it to serve with sauce and meatballs. Also, kale is great in soups. I make a kale and sausage soup in the winter that my husband requests!
I love cooking with kale but noticed it hasn't been looking that great in the foodstore so I didn't buy it. Make sure when you get it it's fresh and not all wet!
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