Cooking kale greens southern style. African American recipe for cooking kale. How to season kale southern cooked greens. Cooking time for fresh kale.
Here in Florida, kale is a winter green. When I want to cook kale in the summer, I buy it at the market. Inevitably, someone in the checkout line asks me, "How do you cook kale?"
It seems that a lot of people want to incorporate more dark leafy greens into their family's diet but the bitter taste puts them off. "Isn't it bitter?" they ask.
"It won't be when I get done with it," is my reply.
The answer to kale's natural bitterness is simple: smoke and sugar.
Smoked pork and sugar are the 2 most important seasonings in cooking with kale or any other southern cooked greens.
Yes, it makes the finished dish less of a health food. But what good is a healthy food that no one wants to swallow?
All the vitamin A, C, K and calcium will still be present. It will just be accompanied by sugar, salt, and fat.
You need 2 big bunches of fresh kale to make 8 cooked servings.
This will cook down into half a dutch oven full.
A half pound of smoked pork is about right.
This kale recipe serves 6-8 and takes an hour or so to cook.
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