Flowering kale buds with olive oil and garlic
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2 servings
  • 4 C flowering kale buds, packed
  • 1 T olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 large garlic cloves(or 4 small), minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Rinse kale buds thoroughly in a colander under cold water. Chop to pieces roughly 2” in length.
  2. Bring a medium-sized pot of generously salted water to boil.
  3. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with cold water and add ice.
  4. When water comes to a boil, immerse the kale buds for one minute, until bright green. Use tongs to transfer kale buds to the ice water until cooled.
  5. Return kale to the colander and allow it to drain (you may need to toss the kale to improve draining).
  6. While kale is draining, heat 1 T olive oil under med-low heat. Once warmed, add garlic until just softened but not browned (do not let it burn). Remove from heat as soon as the garlic begins to soften. Remove from heat.
  7. Add kale to pan and toss with the garlic oil until just warmed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately with an extra drizzle of olive oil. To make it a meal, accompany with polenta or pasta, fish or chickpeas.
Recipe by Abundant City at http://abundantcity.net/flowering-kale-buds-olive-oil-garlic/