Yes I borrowed this line from Modern Family…..”Guess what the new spinach is?”
Kale is an underappreciated vegetable and well I am trying to change all that….I think the perception in the south is that it is not as good as collards and well I don’t know what the northerners are thinking because I don’t live there but I know in this area a lot of people don’t embrace kale the way our family does!
My favorite way to serve kale is to roast it. I just toss it with olive oil and sea salt and roast it in the oven at about 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or so I like it a little bit crunchy at the ends…..YUM! But if you don’t like it this crunchy just cook it for about 10 minutes or so. Another great way to serve kale is to toss it into Italian soups it actually can kind of substitute spinach but I prefer to say that spinach substitutes for kale 😉
Not everyone knows this but some think that kale may have been one of the first forms of cabbage to be cultivated. Kale is an ancient food it has been around for forever until around the end of the middle ages kale was the most common green vegetable in Europe. (Wikipedia) and many believe the curlier the leaves the tastier it is for human consumption. More kale has been fed to livestock than people so it is often called “Cow Cabbage.” For those of you who live near the sea like me kale has an affinity for being seaside which is probably why the Scot’s love kale so much too by the way it is also loaded with Vitamin C. and very high in Beta- Carotine and Vitamin A.
Kale freezes well and tastes much better after a winter frost and I can vouch for that!
So if you have not had a hankering for kale lately….try it…it might just surprise you!
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