Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kale Fail

You didn't want to hear about good dinner ideas, did you? No, no, you're tired of posts with tasty recipes, or at least edible recipes. You want to hear about failures!

I tried to make some sauteed kale to go with our dinner. I used a recipe that I usually use for swiss chard (it's a good recipe, I promise), but I guess I wasn't paying attention because I put the kale stems in, then realized they were never going to get tender and picked them them all out... but by that time the entire pan-full was bitter and terrible. It was so bad I let Zack spit his out. James ate his small portion (I'm not sure why) and then we threw it out. Bummer!


  1. I love Kale, but I have found that I ONLY like it will rice vinegar. Something about the bitter kale and the sweet vinegar is delicious. Don't give up!

  2. Sorry to hear you had a kale fail. It happens to the best of us! I usually cut the stems off of my kale, unless they're really tiny. Then I saute them in olive oil and minced garlic for a few minutes. Near the end, I splash on a little soy sauce and a drizzle of agave nectar to cut any bitterness. Yum...and so good for you!

  3. I agree, don't give up! We LOVE a nice, fresh, leafy kale, wilted over medium heat with olive oil, chopped garlic, kosher salt, and fresh pepper. It's a great comfort food, high in antioxidants and vitamins, and it's also a wonderful additive to soups with a savory base.

  4. i have an incredible soup recipe involving kale that i'll have to share sometime

  5. Jennifer - I'll definitely give that a try. I used something similar at the end, but it just didn't do it, I think because of the bitter stems.

    Cheryl - soy sauce sounds like a really nice compliment to the kale, now I want to try that too! Do you use agave nectar a lot? I haven't tried it.

    itsystitch - absolutely, I won't! Thanks for commenting! Your post on your "messy fun" looked like a great project!

    Gretchen - Yes, I'd like that. I never expected myself to be so obsessed with soup. The one soup I put it in has white beases and sliced sausage and It's really good. I'd love to have another!