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I agree with not eating anything you don't like. There are > 20,000 edible plants on the planet, so choking down one that you don't like seems off. I once tasted kale, didn't like it, but didn't want to throw the rest of it away and so made kale chips. Not bad, and kept me from putting perfectly good food in the dumpster. But all in all, I'd rather put that money toward something I like that is as or more nutritious.
i agree with not eating stuff that you don't like.
i personally love kale. It's easiest to prepare with bacon ends and pieces but my favorite brand (petersens) stopped selling it
so now for quick kale, i just cook it with salt pork.
but when i have time and feel fancy, i simmer it in a white wine type sauce -
melt 1 clove chopped garlic in butter and olive oil. put in kale (i use 2 bunches), let it cook down a little so the kale reduces in size. add some stock and white wine, bring to boil then reduce and let it simmer. almost anything tastes good with butter, olive oil, garlic, stock and white wine.
never tried chips
well OK I'd eat that kale... that sounds freaking fabulous.
Yes, if you are a good enough cook you can force something to taste ok by hiding it under cheese sauces, dressings, cooking it until it surrenders etc. But Why? Your tastebuds are trying to tell you something. Listen to them. Kale is meant for horse fodder.
There is a reason there aren't very many "help me love bacon" threads on this site!
Thanks for the responses. Will try some recipes, my son puts it in shakes so it won't go to waste. I know it is full of goodness and I am trying to make positive changes. I also have a friend with horses (let's hope it doesn't come to that)!
ALso there are different kinds of kale. Dino kale is one kind. Curly kale is the kind that comes chopped and washed in bags at TJ's (or maybe Siberian, not sure). Purple kale straddles the border between edible and ornamental. They all have different flavors.
I throw kale or chard into any dish that I'm making that involves chopped up veggies. The other veggies hide the taste of the kale. That said I looooveeeee kale chips so I don't mind the flavor of kale that much. Agree with whoever said discard the stems - put them in your compost pile.
I take my three quart pan with steamer, chop half a sweet onion into strips and toss into the steamer, cut up a few carrots and toss on top of the onions, and rip the kale leaves off the stems and fill the rest of the steamer with kale. I steam it until the kale looks bright green, dump on a plate, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, crumbled bacon, whatever, any combo.
Steaming with the sweet onion and carrot seems to cut most of the kale funk and preserves most of the nutrition.
Kale Chips are awesome. If you have a Vitamix or Blendtech, cutting the Kale with banana and blueberries in a green smoothie with coconut milk works too. My favorite "normal" way to cook Kale (or any other green for that matter) is sauteed with garlic, vinegar, and red pepper: