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Categories: Quick and easy, Vegetables

Braised kale

Unlike the greens of summer -- crisp and sudden and cool to the touch -- the greens that accompany a Thanksgiving dinner are about duration. These are of a darker spectrum, the bitter greens and patient vegetables that have been ... Read more

Total time: About 50 minutes | Serves 8
Note: This recipe works well with regular (curly) kale, Lacinato (dinosaur) kale or Tuscan kale.
  • 4 bunches kale
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Hot pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 cup turkey stock or chicken broth or water
  • Truffle oil to taste (optional)

Step 1Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the stem out of each of the kale leaves. Wash the leaves well and spin dry. Stack them and cut crosswise into one-half-inch strips.

Step 2Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet that has a lid over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sprinkle with about a teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring, until the garlic softens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the kale a large handful at a time, stirring constantly until the leaves wilt before adding more. When all the leaves are in the pan, cook, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Add a sprinkling of pepper flakes and the stock or water, stir well and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and cook the kale, stirring occasionally, until it is cooked, 20 to 25 minutes if you like it chewy, longer for very soft. (The dish can be made up to several hours ahead to this point.)

Step 3Uncover the pan and raise the heat to cook away most of the liquid remaining in the pan. Taste and add more salt if needed. Drizzle with truffle oil, if desired, and serve.

Each serving:
84 calories; 3 grams protein; 8 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 6 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 114 mg. sodium.
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