Recipe: Seamus Mullen’s Crispy Tuscan Kale

OK, kale. There is no shortage of articles on the benefits of eating kale, truly a superfood. Sometimes the flavor can be a bit bitter and the stalks a bit tough, but boy is it tasty stuff if you use a good recipe.

Here’s my current favorite – and I often use Swiss Chard and other greens as well.

From Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better

1 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 bunches Tuscan kale, stems and all,
washed & dry
Salt &Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the grill to high or build a small fire in a charcoal grill.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and lemon zest and juice and mix well.

Add the kale leaves. Season with salt and pepper and gently toss until kale is evenly coated.

When the grill is hot, carefully lay the kale leaves, as many as will fit, side-by-side in a single layer on the grill. In about 2 minutes the leaves will crisp. Turn them and grill on the other side for another 1–2 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the leaves.
Pile the grilled kale leaves in a big stack on a large platter or cutting board and serve them up.


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