Eating Kale: Fear the Bitterness No Longer
Most people turn up their noses when it comes to kale (unless it’s kale chips, which are great), including Chris and my dad. I don’t blame them, really, it is a pretty bitter vegetable if you don’t cook it right. It’s a very dark green green, and, if you have experience cooking (or…eating), you know that dark greens can often be a bit bitter. But, kale was on sale at the grocery, and I had never really cooked it before, so I picked up a HUGE bunch (it actually took 5 minutes and two of us to get it into the bag).
It sat in the fridge for a few days as I was unsure what to do with it, and I knew Chris was even more unsure and not looking forward to it. Then, one day for dinner, I got out the kale. I was on a mission. This was going to be cooked and it was going to LIKE IT! My planned dish was pasta with kale.
Spoiler: It turned out great.
So, let me share with you how to easily make your kale taste great. Encourage your family members and friends to come out of hiding when they hear the word ‘kale’ with a great way of cooking them. I learned a few tips from this article here.
- Wash your kale
- Cut the stems off
- Fold your kale in halves or thirds
- Shove them (I literally pushed them down) into a pot that they barely fit in
- Fill that pot 1/3 up with water
- Bring water to a boil
- Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes, occasionally stirring
- Drain the kale
- Pour cold water over it until it’s cool enough to handle
- Get those leaves right back into a pot or pan; at this point, it’s up to you, get creative, cook with spices you enjoy (I cooked it with oil and lemon juice, lots of garlic, salt, pepper, and basil)
And serve! You really want to get some flavors in on that last step, so don’t be afraid to go wild. It tasted wonderful and went beautifully with the oil-and garlic pasta I made for the ‘main dish.’ Try it out. I promise it’s not awful. And remember, the trick is to BOIL IT. This is what gets the darn bitterness out that turn so many people away.
(picture stole from here, I sadly didn’t take any pictures that night)