There was a time in my life where I wouldn’t touch a dark leafy green with a ten foot pole. I think I was 15 years old the first time I ate a salad and liked it. Then after I got married and learned to cook, I finally started to experiment with dark leafy greens, them being all the rage in the healthy eating world and all. I started with spinach, the chicken of the greens. From there I moved on to chard and then various kale varieties. We’ve tried everything from dandelion greens to beet greens and stinging nettles. Our family favorite by far is chard and kale.
Today’s recipe was a random experiment that turned into a huge favorite. I was tired of just kale with garlic, so one day I decided to add some coriander powder because I love the floral exotic taste. Little did I know that it would marry so well with the kale. The next time I tried it I added cream and holy moly it was delicious. Either version with or without cream is really tasty!
Sauteed Kale with Coriander:
- 1 bunch of lacinato kale or (other dark leafy green)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon of coriander powder
- 4 tablespoons of good cream
- salt to taste
Start by mincing the garlic. If you buy your kale at the store wash it well and remove the leafy part from the stems. I find fully grown kale stems are a bit tough (the kale I grow I pick while still tender and young so I don’t remove the stems). Chop the kale into small pieces.
In a cast iron skillet or normal frying pan heat two teaspoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds then add in the chopped kale. Cook the kale until softened about 10 minutes. It should keep a vibrant green color. Add in the coriander now and stir well. (You can stop here for a cream free version) Now turn the heat to low and if you like add in the cream. When the cream begins to thicken after 2-3 minutes turn off the heat and stir in the salt. Serve warm.
Note: I like to put this on my homemade focaccia or on homemade sourdough. It’s divine with fried eggs too.
And Lily, who sat by my feet the entire time I shot this recipe for you all.