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May 19, 2008 04:06 PM

Good uses for baby kale?

The produce guy at my coop inspired me to buy a package of baby kale. He said that its much more tender and maybe less strong tasting. I think he said you could use it raw in salads, for example.

Anybody used this stuff and have some good ideas?

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  1. Yummy... Kale is great! My favorite ways to eat it are either: braised (in dutch oven, no oil or water needed; just its own juice and dress with EVOO and cracked pepper) or wilted with bacon or ham.
    You can eat it raw, but I find it has a way of coating my tongue that I find unpleasant (like raw spinach does).

    1. kale chips...wash and dry - place in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet with a sprinkle of salt - into oven at 450 - toss every 5 minutes or so until totally dry - about 20 minutes...tasty healthy eating.

      1. I can eat it raw, but then I think I don't have that bitter "supertaster" gene...
        One of my favorites: cook it with garlic, ginger, and onions, ground cumin, ground coriander, hot chili (dried or fresh). Potatoes and/or tomatoes are a good addition. Semi-authentic Indian home cooking. Now that I think about it, I do this with almost any greens, young or old. If they're big leaves, I'll cut them small, or even puree them.

        1. Kale is awesome. And terrific in terms of healthy eating. Below are two recipes I eat all the time with it:


          2 T EVOO
          2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
          2 - 3 large handfuls kale (or any fresh green: chard, beet green, spinach, etc) washed and torn into bite sized pieces, stems removed
          2 T crumbled feta (or goat cheese or shredded manchego, etc)
          3-4 eggs, lightly beaten
          small handful kalamata olives, torn or chopped
          salt and papper
          1 lemon, halved

          - Heat EVOO over medium hear, add garlic and stir until soft, being careful not to brown
          - Add greens and salt& pepper, and sauté until desired consistency (I like them softer but with still a bit of a bite; others may want to sauté until quite soft)
          - Sprinkle cheese all over the greens, then pour in eggs
          - Cook until desired consistency. I just cook them as if to scramble, stirring…you could also evenly distribute everything in the pan, cover, and let cook by sitting.
          - Top with olives and squeeze of lemon (this really makes the dish)


          This pasta below is a current favorite of mine. I often make it with Swiss Chard, but I love it with Kale, which gives it a wonderfully spicy kick. (A mixture of greens, all kinds...mustard, spinach, beet, etc - is also terrific. I love it with beet greens alone.)

          Slice the chard/kale/etc about twice the size of matchsticks... it doesn't have to be exact, you could tear it, even.

          Then, saute it in a mixture of olive oil and butter with chopped onion, garlic (chopped or slivered) and as they cook down, add chopped parsley. (I often add a variety of herbs, though just italian parsley works great. If I have them, I also add chopped tomatoes.)

          Then toss it with fresh cooked pasta and grated parmesean or pecorino.

          You can also add a little wine or chicken or vegetable broth about halfway through the saute for additional flavor.

          This is very tasty.

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          1. re: Tom P

            Have been making Tom P's suggested kale w/pasta for years,do it at least weekly ,we love it so much.
            In fact,any bitter green will the bitter greens!

          2. This Digest entry on kale has links to some kale salad recipes that came highly recommended by chowhounds, and the thread linked in the entry has many ideas, some of which may inspire you with your baby kale.