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Mar 31, 2013 08:48 AM

what to do with kale?

I'm just back from the farmers market and bought a bunch of kale because it was so pretty and only 75 cents. Have never bought kale before and have no idea what to do with it. Please help. Thanks.

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    1. re: magiesmom

      MM: Thank you! Wow! Makes me want to run down and get some more kale from the farmer! Can't wait to try these. Thinking I'm going to start with the Campo Kale salad and the kale chips but those recipes from Bacardi 1 look great too!

      1. re: dimsumgirl

        There are several other kale threads if you search.
        There are also numerous sites online dedicated to helping people use CSA vegetables, google CSA kale recipes.

        1. re: dimsumgirl

          Whatever you decide, make sure to wash and dry your kale very well!!! Learned the hard way by chomping down on gritty kale.

          1. re: dimsumgirl

            Just found this thread. Did you try the Campo kale salad? We love it SO much.

        2. Chop up and add to soup. I just made vegetarian split pea soup with kale adds nice texture - Works with lentil soup as well. Healthy and tasty.

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          1. re: skytop

            Agreed. I recently made a white bean, kale & smoked turkey sausage soup that was fab.

          2. Kale chips. spritz with olive oil. Add spice blend of your choice (I like cayenne and salt) and roast until crispy on a baking sheet. YOu gotta eat it all in one day though otherwise it gets gross.

            Or just saute in garlic and olive oil and pancetta (or some other bacon like meat) and have with pasta and grated cheese.


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            1. re: Heatherb

              I've never had kale chips last more than an hour let alone a day, once you start you can't stop..... they're too good.

              1. re: weezieduzzit

                True dat. But I ate an entire bunch of kale made into kale chips one time. It felt like I'd swallowed an anvil. That stuff is DENSE.

            2. Mixed into eggs (as a scramble, omelet or frittata)

              As filling for dumplings (either Italian ravioli or Chinese dumplings).


              Chopped salad (toss with some balsamic vinegar, EVOO, sugar or honey, salt, minced garlic and chili pepper flakes)

              Sauteed with some liver and bacon fat.

              Possibilities are endless. My only reservation in using kale is with soups. Just not my cup of tea.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Ipse, I'm just seeing this reply now, and I thought of *her* having a cameo here ... btw, the price of kale is slowly rising (I guess because of popularity and demand).

                Kale and Eggs -->

              2. First I slice up some turkey sausage into disks and brown. Remove from pan. Add carrots,celery, and onion. Sauté that, then add garlic. Add sausage back to pan, add tomatoes, white beans, chicken stock (or v8) red pepper, and kale. My 11 year old eats this like it's his job. Or I make this soup, also delicious.