Monday, April 9, 2012

Kale Kick: With Onions, Capers & Raisins



I am in love with Nigel Slater's book Tender a Cook and his Vegetable Patch.

Now that it is finally growing season, I am excited to try his simple vegetable recipes and his tips on planting and gardening. It's like reading a sexy novel with food photos, and I love his style of writing: "boil the beans enthusiastically" and "it turns out a creamed spinach of extraordinary solace & luxury"; "decrease the heat so the lentils simmer merrily".

He is very romantic about his veggies.

Since I am on a kale kick lately, I thought this recipe sounded simple and delicious.
It was.



Kale w/ Blood Orange Dressing w/ Warm Onions, Capers & Raisins: (adapted from Nigel's book)

2 cups of Cavolo Nero (kale)
1/2 onion, red or white, sliced thin
sea salt
juice of a blood orange
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp golden raisins
2 tbsp capers

In a heavy saucepan, cook your onion on medium low heat in some olive oil for a few minutes until wilted, but do not let them get brown. Sprinkle with some sea salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the juice from a blood orange (or regular orange), the vinegar, oil and capers. Add the dressing to the onions cooking in the pan and cook for a minute. Add in the raisins last.



Steam your kale in the microwave or steamer basket, however you like, for 2 minutes.

Pour the warm onion raisin dressing over the steamed kale and serve right away.



I loved this on a roast pork sandwich! Delicious.



Eat your kale.

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8 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

I finally tried it roasted and really like it.

Anonymous said...

I see it on the distant horizon, winding closer and closer still, an inevitable culinary pairing, unstoppable, mankind can not control it, written long ago in nature's cookbook, fated to be - Stacey's Kale Tart - coming soon to a blog near you!

Joanne said...

I'm absolutely GIDDY that I have multiple pounds of kale in my fridge right now. MAJOR win.

lea said...

Great idea! have to check out that cookbook too.

Food Jaunts said...

This sounds like a great mix of ingredients. I love kale but never thought to use raisins as a seasoning match with it.

Melodie Monberg said...

I am so excited to make this...I've had a bag of kale in my fridge and I've been out of inspiration to know what to do with it. This looks perfect!

Proud Italian Cook said...

That sounds like the perfect match with your roast pork sandwich!

Oui, Chef said...

I just got Slater's book, I can't wait to dig into it!