Monday, October 29, 2012

Sauteed Kale

Every day it seems that people surprise me.  Sometimes in a tilt-your-head-with-a-confused-look kinda way but most of the time in a wonderful ha-I-didn't-see-that-one-coming kinda way.  I had one of these moments recently when my brother told us what he wanted to have for his birthday dinner.  

Growing up my brother would basically eat most things put in front of him but he didn't always like it.

One of those dishes he wasn't always wild about were greens.  We typically had mustard and collard greens mixed together, boiled until they had cooked down almost to obscurity and then seasoned with a little salt and pepper....bacon grease a given.  

He would put the tiniest portion on his plate, get it all on one bite on his fork and chase it quickly with a big gulp of milk.  

It was because of this vivid image from my childhood that I was absolutely SHOCKED when my brother said he wanted sauteed kale as one of the sides to his birthday dinner.

With a twisted look on my face, my sister-in-law informed me that she had recently made it in a new way that they both thoroughly enjoyed so I was thrilled to have another way to cook this leafy green as it is one of my favorites!

Sauteed Kale
1 bag fresh kale
3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Heat a skillet over medium high heat.

Add garlic and sate for a minute.

Add the kale gradually turning so that it starts to cook down.
After all the kale has been added pour in chicken broth, cover and allow the kale to steam in the chicken broth for a couple minutes, or until the chicken broth has basically cooked out.
Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add vinegar.
Simmer until the liquid has cooked out.
Absolutely delicious!!!
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