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Please help me learn to love kale......!!

I know it's good for me, but in the couple of recipes with kale I've tried, I just haven't been won over. But I'm willing to try again - what's your go-to Kale recipe?

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  1. I typed Kale into the search bar at the top of the page and got these plus lots more. Hope this helps.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785029
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825230
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/792828

    1. What don't you like? Texture or flavor? Different kales do have some difference in flavor (I think the dino kale, the one with dark, long leaves) if most mild.

      So far, I haven't found anyone that doesn't like Kale Chips (leaves roasted with olive oil at 350 until crisp, then salted). I also like to add chopped kale to soups or beans (I usually add 5 - 10 min before serving).

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      1. re: firecooked

        I agree about the kale chips. I made some for a gathering in November. Saw the same people again last Saturday, and was complimented again.

        1. re: firecooked

          If you're up to an experiment I'd be interested to see you're results with my latest method.

          Using the same kale chips recipe you mentioned above, try it in a dehydrator instead of the oven. I found they come out like Nori (seaweed) snacks, which I love.

        2. You may just not like kale. I tried it several times. The worst was incorporating it in chicken soup, which it made sour.

          I have no plans to eat it again.

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          1. re: Jay F

            There's no reason Kale would make anything sour...

            1. re: joonjoon

              I knew someone would say that.

              1. re: Jay F

                Perhaps you meant bitter? Although in my experience Kale is the least bitter of the green leafies.

                1. re: emmeisix

                  I recently added it to a soup, and found it to be bitter. Maybe I didn't cook it long enough. But I do really like the kale chips.

                  1. re: perk

                    Okay, bitter, then. It sucked no matter what adjective you assign to it. I did experience it as sour, though.

                  2. re: emmeisix

                    Bitter. Sour. Whichever, I hated it. Won't eat it again.

                    1. re: Jay F

                      THat's sort of like pointing at a blue object and saying you experienced it as red. Sour is what you experience when you taste citric acid (lemons), bitter is different receptors (try eating a lemon seed).

                      To cut bitterness, you can actually add sour flavors, such as lemon... I also like tamari a lot.

                      1. re: emmeisix

                        Not that you would beat a dead horse, but *again*, no matter with which adjective you describe it, kale is not something I'm going to buy again.

            2. Thanks for all the suggestions - I think I haven't been cooking the kale for long enough - the texture seems too rigid, if that makes any sense.
              But lots of great ideas here and in the previous threads linked - thank-you!

              1. This is my favourite recipe. Braised Kale with red wine and chicken stock
                http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/150585/...
                Maybe you will enjoy it too since it is cooked a little bit longer (15 mins) than other recipes, making the kale more tender.