I think we are completely giving up trying with Kale. Tried it twice...ewww. (Once tried cooking Laco-whatever it's called kind...after hearing such praise for it...and recently had some in restaurant served as a garnish...cooked.)
I don't get it. I thought it would be nice, like spinach...but it has such an odd, off-putting taste (diesel oil? is there such a thing? well, awful, whatever) -- and both DH and I can't eat it. WHAT is wrong with us? I see people raving all the time about the stuff. IS IT A LEARNED TASTE?? I feel bad. I love vegetables...but not Kale...not yet. WHY? Anybody else think it's weird stuff? Anybody love it?? What's the deal with Kale? Thanks. Sorry -- hope my comments don't hurt Kale Lovers' feelings. Don't mean to. I just needed to talk about it...to confess...to see if I'm (and DH) nuts.
Post by emptynestmom on Jul 7, 2017 14:52:20 GMT -5
Maybe you haven't found the right recipe...here is one that I made and my husband and I learned to like kale...
Massaged Kale Salad
Ingredients FOR THE SALAD: •5 cups Kale (looks like a lot but the size will decrease significantly when dressing is added) •½ cups Walnuts (I have used pecans and almonds, liked the walnuts the best though) •¼ cups Dried Cranberries (I have also used dried cherries in place of cranberries) •1 Apple, Chopped •Salt And Pepper, to taste
FOR THE DRESSING: •¼ cups Olive Oil (I have used a Lime Flavored Olive Oil instead of EVOO) •2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar •1 Lime, Juiced (I have used about 3-4 T from bottled Lime Juice when I didn’t have fresh limes) •1 clove Garlic •3 Tablespoons Honey
For the dressing: Combine the olive oil, vinegar, juice from the lime, garlic and the honey. Set aside while you prepare the salad. For the salad: Put chopped kale in a large bowl and pour the vinaigrette over the beautiful leaves. Massage the vinaigrette into the kale for about 5 minutes. The size of the kale will decrease and you will feel the kale becoming more tender. After the massage stir in the nuts, cranberries and chopped apple. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste..goat or feta cheese would be good if you feel you need a little more substance.
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Post by traildoggie on Jul 7, 2017 15:41:51 GMT -5
Now I like kale a lot, but I'm not crazy about it raw in salads all by itself . better if combined with a quinoa or faro or some other grain. I like kale sauteed in a little olive oil and onion. lacinato( dinosaur) . the curlier kales much better IMO. I grow it and prefer those. I like it in potato soup, vegie soup. I use it many places I would use spinach. I would back away from it all by its lonesome and combine it with some other flavors.
I'm not a huge fan of sautéed kale all by itself, but I do love it in salads similar to the one that emptynestmom posted. I think my favorite way to eat kale, though, is with pasta, Italian sausage and lots of garlic. I don't really have a recipe--I just sautée some sliced or crumbled sausage, add slivered garlic toward the end, and then chopped kale for a few minutes. Sometimes I throw in some of the pasta water near the end to steam it a little. Add the cooked pasta and some Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!
About the only way that I don't like kale is as chips. Otherwise, it is one of my favorite greens. I use it mostly in soups and stews. We grow it in our garden and it is far better fresh from the garden than from those bags in the store. I prefer Dino over curly. Unfortunately, we only have curly growing this summer. Something ate our Dino plants right after they went into the ground in May. But the curly is looking great. It does have a slightly bitter taste when compared to something like spinach so maybe it is just not for you. If you try it again, try blanching it first before you add it to a saute, soup, or stew. Maybe that will eliminate the funkiness for you. Another suggestion is to chop it finely in bite size shreds.
Karen, about the only way I like it is as chips, LOL. Kale is a crucifer and can be very strong, especially if you are a super-taster. It is not in the spinach family so won't ever taste that mild. I've made Deb Madison's potato kale soup and it is SO much more than the parts and not "kaley" to me but kale can be quite strong. If you don't like it, stop torturing yourself. Plenty of other veggies you can eat more of and actually enjoy!!
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I like it, but know lots of people who don't. I like it best raw in salads (massaged to break down the toughness), but we also enjoy it lightly sauteed with red onion, in frittatas, in soups, with pasta, ... I made kale chips once and didn't like them at all. Don't know if it was the recipe or me, but I haven't bothered to try them again.
Catbatty, have you tried baby kale? It is milder and more tender, it might work for you. Or just move on to another veg that you do like.
Post by traildoggie on Jul 8, 2017 13:42:51 GMT -5
I also do not like kale chips at all. NO. bunch of calories for nothing! An old cookbook I have suggested cooking kale separately before adding to soup or the flavor might be too strong. similar to the idea karenw mentions about blanching. so sometimes I steam it in the microwave briefly before adding to soup. my DH is not as big a fan as I am or I would use it more.