7 Ways to Cook Kale

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7 Ways to Cook Kale
7 Ways to Cook Kale

There are several ways to make kale, although vegetables are usually served sautéed or boiled. Cutting the cabbage into thin slices before placing it on the fire reduces preparation time and leaves the leaves with a much prettier appearance without any loss of flavor. Read the step-by-step instructions below to learn different ways to prepare this delicious vegetable.


braised cabbage

  • 1 bunch of cabbage from 375 g to 450 g.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil.
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) of minced garlic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) of ground pepperoni pepper.
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) of salt.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of balsamic vinegar.

fried cabbage

  • 1 large bunch of fresh cabbage.
  • 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • 5 slices of bacon.
  • Bacon fat.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 3 tablespoons of refined sugar.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • 1 cube of chicken broth.
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar.

cabbage with vegetables

  • 1 bunch of cabbage from 375 g to 450 g.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter.
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of pepperoni pepper flakes.
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped.
  • 3 cups (750 ml) of vegetable stock.
  • 2 chopped seedless tomatoes.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Pepper to taste.

Boiled cabbage

  • 900 g of cabbage.
  • 1 pinch of salt.

Roasted cabbage

  • Green cabbage.
  • Oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Smoked turkey wing with cabbage

  • 1 smoked turkey wing.
  • 1 big pig's knee.
  • Water for cooking.
  • 900 g of clean cabbage.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon of ground pepper.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.


Method 1 of 7: Preparing the cabbage

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Step 1. Remove the handles from the bundle

With your non-dominant hand, hold the sheets together. With your dominant hand, cut off approximately 2.5 cm from the underside of the stems, separating the leaves.

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Step 2. Soak the leaves

In a large bowl, soak the cabbage in warm water with a little salt. Salt is abrasive and helps to remove dirt and impurities. Gently rub the sheets with your hands and rinse.

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Step 3. Cut the spines from the leaves

Place the sheets one by one on the kitchen counter. With a sharp knife, cut them from each side of the spine, separating them into two parts and completely removing that part of the stem. Stack the cut sheets so that they are aligned.

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Step 4. Roll the sheets vertically

You may need to form several piles to squeeze the rolls tightly together.

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Step 5. Cut the sheets into strips

Cut each roll into 2.5 cm pieces. Separate them with your fingers so that they split into long strips.

Method 2 of 7: Braised cabbage

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Step 1. Heat the oil in a large, thick skillet

With the heat on medium high heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, covering the entire bottom of the pan.

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Step 2. Saute the chopped garlic

Add two tablespoons of chopped garlic to hot oil. With the help of a spatula, toss the garlic from side to side so that it doesn't burn. Do this for about 20 seconds, until the garlic is golden brown.

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Step 3. Put the cabbage strips in the skillet

It is better to put all the strips in the pan at once than to separate them into portions. This way you can be sure that all the kale gets the same amount of heat, oil and garlic. Put the strips in the pan and stir with a spatula to soak them well with the oil.

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Step 4. Season the cabbage with salt and pepper

Add half a teaspoon of pepperoni or ground jalapeno and ¼ teaspoon of salt to the mixture. Wait around 30 seconds and stir the cabbage one more time with the spatula so that all the strips get the flavor of the seasoning. Mix well, tossing the sprouts from the bottom to the top and vice versa. Repeat several times to evenly distribute seasonings.

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Step 5. Continue cooking and stirring the cabbage over medium high heat

Toss the cabbage strips from one side of the pan to the other with the spatula. Do not leave the leaves standing for too long. Stirring the cabbage constantly is the only way to make sure it cooks evenly.

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Step 6. Put out the fire when the leaves start to wither

The kale should be a very strong shade of green. Turn off the heat and take the pan off the burner.

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Step 7. Add a tablespoon of vinegar

If you don't have balsamic vinegar at home, use red wine or apple vinegar. Pour the vinegar over the cabbage and stir well to season the leaves.

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Step 8. Serve the kale hot or at room temperature

Method 3 of 7: Fried cabbage

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Step 1. Place the leaves in a pan

Do this after removing the handles and spines.

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Step 2. Cover the leaves with cold water

Soak for three to five minutes.

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Step 3. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in water

Shake well.

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Step 4. Drain the leaves and take them out of the sink

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Step 5. Wash the cabbage at least twice more

Repeating the procedure will help to remove impurities from the leaves better.

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Step 6. Fry five slices of bacon in a pan over medium heat

Fry the bacon until it is crispy. Then take it out of the fire and crumble it. Separate and leave the fat in the pan.

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Step 7. Put the dried cabbage in the bacon fat and fry

Leave the leaves on the fire for a few minutes, until they wilt and absorb the fat. Then cover the pan.

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Step 8. Put ¾ to a full cup of water in the pan

Stir the ingredients while steaming the kale.

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Step 9. Add salt, sugar and chicken stock cube

Put a teaspoon of salt, three tablespoons of refined sugar and a cube of chicken stock in the pan for flavor.

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Step 10. Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook for ten to 15 minutes

Cook the cabbage over low heat until it is soft and very dark.

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Step 11. Drain the broth

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Step 12. Serve

When the cabbage is ready, chop it with two sharp knives and serve them with the bacon on top. Season with ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and enjoy while still hot.

Method 4 of 7: Cabbage and Vegetables

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Step 1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan

Put the pan on the fire and heat one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter to medium temperature. Leave on heat until butter is melted. Then toss the butter and oil back and forth to cover the bottom of the pan well.

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Step 2. Saute the onion

Put half a chopped large white onion in the pan. With a spatula, toss it from side to side. Saute the onion over medium heat for a minute or so, or until it starts to soften.

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Step 3. Add pepperoni and garlic

Mix a teaspoon of pepperoni pepper flakes and a clove of minced garlic with the other ingredients over medium heat. Stir well for a minute.

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Step 4. Place the cabbage in the pan

Mix the leaves well with the seasoned oil. The cabbage should be visibly greased. Cook for at least one minute.

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Step 5. Cover the cabbage with three cups of vegetable stock

Pour the broth into the pan and stir quickly. Then cover the pan. Lightly boil the broth and put the heat on medium low temperature. The broth should keep bubbling.

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Step 6. Cook the cabbage until it wilts

This usually takes around 40 minutes, but depending on the size of the strips, it can be no more than 20. After the first 20 minutes, check the sheets regularly. Stop when they are soft and shriveled.

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Step 7. Add tomatoes at the end of cooking

Put two chopped seedless tomatoes in the pan and mix well.

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Step 8. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Stir the cabbage one more time and serve it hot.

Method 5 of 7: Boiled cabbage

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Step 1. Discard the stems and spines from the leaves

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Step 2. Chop the cabbage coarsely

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Step 3. Cook the kale for eight to 12 minutes in a pan of salted water

Put a pinch of salt in the pan and boil the cabbage until it is soft and dark.

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Step 4. Drain the cabbage and place it in cold water

Then, drain the leaves again and squeeze them to remove all the moisture.

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Step 5. Serve the cabbage

You can either savor it on its own or use it as an accompaniment.

Method 6 of 7: Roasted Cabbage

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Step 1. Prepare the cabbage according to the method described at the beginning of the article

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Step 2. Preheat oven to 170°C

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Step 3. Season the cabbage with oil and salt and pepper to taste

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Step 4. Distribute the leaves on a greased baking sheet or lined with parchment paper

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Step 5. Bake for 20 minutes

Turn in half the time.

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Step 6. Serve the leaves as soon as you take them out of the oven

Method 7 of 7: Smoked Turkey Wing with Cabbage

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Step 1. Wash one smoked turkey wing and one pork knee

Soak the meat in a pot of water.

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Step 2. Cook the meats until they are tender

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Step 3. Add 900 g of clean cabbage

Cook for 30 minutes or until leaves are tender.

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Step 4. Taste before seasoning

Season with two tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of ground pepper and one tablespoon of olive oil. Add salt if necessary.

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Step 5. Mix and enjoy


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