Why Would I do this to Kale?
Did you ever buy something just because it looked pretty?
I am not talking about an impulsive shoe buy or a Gucci bag. No, I am talking about a bag of kale.
I was in Trader Joe's and saw this beautiful large bag of rainbow mixed Swiss chard and kale. I have to confess, I have never used either in any recipes, but figured this was too pretty to pass up.
This is called an impulsive purchase.
I had no idea what to do with this pretty bag but was happy to own it.
I googled kale and Swiss chard recipes and came up with mostly soups. I was told that kale should not be eaten raw, it has to be cooked, so cooked it will be!
I found a recipe for ROASTING KALE and SWISS CHARD that said "Best Recipe for Kale Ever!".
Why would I do this? Because I am an idiot.
Lay 4 lbs of kale and chard (that was the size of the bag) on a cookie sheet with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees until crispy, about 7-10 minutes.
After removing from the oven, sprinkle with Maldon Sea Salt & serve.
I destroyed this beautiful, bright, happy and colorful bag of hopeful vegetables by turning them into disgusting, dry pieces of air. I gave some to my taste tester without giving my opinion and asked how he liked it.
His reply: "It tastes like a piece of paper with salt on it".
I am sorry Mr. Kale & Mrs. Chard. I really killed this one!
I will stick with the Gucci bags, I have better luck with that impulsive purchase!
And his grandmother worked very hard "canning" it for those cold winter months. How I hated that process... a really hot kitchen made hotter with a huge pot of boiling water sterilizing all those Ball jars. The good ole days!! But - swisschard sauteed in olive oil is DELISH!!!!
I typically only use kale in soups (where I like it), but I love love love love love Swiss chard.
Saute it like spinach with a touch of lemo, (but include some of the stems), or do a gratin, or wrap it around risotto, or so many things! It's my favorite new vegetable.
I cook it as if I were cooking spinach.
Good luck next time!
One bunch Kale chopped up small
2 carrots, shredded
15 or so grape tomatoes, halved
1-2 garlic cloves (depending on your taste)smashed or grated.
1 small red onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup soaked pinenuts
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
If you like some spice add a little cayenne or crused peppers.
Mix it all together and set in refigerator.
Its delicious I promise!