Thursday, May 17, 2012

Stir-Fried Garlic Kale


I had good intentions to submit this blog in time for the debut of Wok Wednesdays, a new food community blog celebrating Grace Young's James Beard Award-winning book Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge. I also intended to make the recipe as written.

Well, neither happened, but I still think I achieved success.

With advice from Young herself, I tweaked her recipe for Stir-Fried Garlic Spinach to make use of a large bunch of tender kale I had in the refrigerator. It needs to be prepped and cooked a bit differently, but the variation was simple and the results delicious.

Even with young kale, you'll likely need to strip each leaf of its tough core. Stack small handfuls of trimmed leaves and roll like a tight cigar, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips.

In a small bowl, combine a tablespoon each of broth - I used a cube of frozen vegetable stock - sherry and soy sauce. Stir to combine.

Start the stir-fry as described on page 202. After flipping the greens a few times, add soy mixture and cover for 1 minute to steam. Remove lid and stir fry constantly until liquid cooks off. Add salt and sugar as directed. Toss a few more times then transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.

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11 comments:

  1. I love kale. Looks scrumptious!

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    1. I agree to you Jill. Actually, I'm planning to cook this because my wife is requesting to me a special dish that I can serve for them. I'm sure they will like this.

      Easy Stir Fry

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  3. I don't love kale - but I'm trying to. So your recipe is tops on my list to try once I convince myself to try kale again :) Love the post.

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    1. Thank you! Try Sheri Castle's amazing kale pesto from The New Southern Garden Cookbook (UNC Press). I'm an addict. I can't even begin to describe how delicious it is. It's been posted on Gilt Taste, too.

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  4. Great idea! I have some kale in my fridge and I was just thinking of doing something different - you can only eat sauteed greens so many times...

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  5. I've never had Kale other than fried as a garnish. I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lorraine, so many delicious ways to use kale. Google "kale chips" - will blow your mind!

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  6. Interesting use of kale. I think I'll try it. Love the photos too. Thanks!

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  7. Like your post!
    Love stir-fry kale. I am lucky to have fresh kale at wet markets in Hong Kong. I sometimes blanch them first.

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