Cooking Kale Greens
Southern Style

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.


Kale Recipe

Fresh kale greens, 2 bunches.

You need 2 big bunches of fresh kale to make 8 cooked servings.

This will cook down into half a dutch oven full.

Kale greens chopped and in a dutch oven with a piece of smoked pork.

A half pound of smoked pork is about right.

  • 2 lbs. clean, cut up fresh kale with the thick portions of the stems removed.
  • 3 pieces smoked pork. You can substitute smoked turkey necks but the pork is more flavorful.
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Vinegar helps your body to absorb the calcium in the greens.
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely diced.
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt, black pepper, and sugar to taste.
  1. Place half of the greens in a large Dutch oven. Pour a cup of water over them. Do not be tempted to add more water. It will just dilute the flavor of the finished dish. Cover and simmer the greens until they cook down, about 10 minutes. Then place the smoked meat on top of them and add the remaining kale and the jalapeno pepper. Simmer for half an hour.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer the kale until it is tender. Taste it every 10 minutes and adjust the seasonings to your taste.

This kale recipe serves 6-8 and takes an hour or so to cook.



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