I actually made this a few nights ago and am just now getting around to writing about it. I’ve never cooked kale before, but the (ridiculously expensive) little grocery market that’s within walking distance of my house always has some and it always looks really good. Plus it’s one of the healthiest foods available.
I also created a shepherd’s pie-inspired cheesy potato, broccoli, cauliflower and corn dish in the oven that turned out to be super delicious. So this is one of the VERY few times that a meal I make actually has two components–a main dish and a side dish!! Very exciting.
Never having cooked kale before, I made a mistake and didn’t take the leaves entirely off the stems, which don’t cook well at all. It was good though–it has the same flavor as spinach but a lot more texture. Next time I make it I’ll take the stems out entirely, as they do not cook and end up being tough and yucky. Here’s my recipe:
- 1 bunch of kale
- several cloves of garlic
- red onion
- 2 mashing potatoes
- Frozen corn
- Frozen broccoli
- Frozen cauliflower
- Shredded cheese
- Green onions
Start the potatoes first–cut, boil, and mash them with butter, LOTS of salt, some milk, and chicken stock. Layer your mashed potatoes in the bottom of a casserole pan, and spinkle some green onions and cheese on top.
In the meantime, sautee the red onion (keep some for the kale), broccoli, and cauliflower. Add the corn right before everything is cooked–you want it to be cooked but not mushy. Pour the vegetables over the potato layer and cover with more green onions and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. I forgot to make gravy, but this dish would be much much better with gravy on top…it’d be more Thanksgiving-esque and crazy good.
While that’s baking, separate the leaves from the stems of the kale. Slice 2-3 cloves of garlic into thin strips. Sautee the kale–it probably won’t all fit into the pan at once, but it will cook down. Add some chicken stock, the onion, and garlic and cover until it’s all wilted down. I basically covered it with salt, which makes it much better.
Ideally, everything will come together at the same time and you’ll have one of the healthiest meals out there. When you’re done, go eat some ice cream as a reward for your healthy yummies.