Slow Roasted Kale

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Baking or slow roasting is an original way to prepare kale. It takes a long time to bake, but most of that is inactive time. This version with Italian flavors has great depth of flavor and a nice texture. For best results, remove the tough central ribs before shredding the kale.

Ingredients

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For 2 servings as a side

300 grams (.66 lb) shredded kale

2 garlic cloves

4 anchovy fillets, minced

1/4 tsp chilli flakes

1/4 tsp salt

extra virgin olive oil

Preparation

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Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Combine 300 grams (.66 lb) shredded kale with two flattened garlic cloves, 4 minced anchovy fillets, 1/4 tsp chilli flakes, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 Tbsp olive oil in an oven proof dish with a cover.

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Toss everything until well mixed. The easiest way to do this, is to cover the dish and shake it well.

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Bake the kale, covered, in the oven at 120C/250F for 2 hours.

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Stir the kale.

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Bake, covered again, for another 90 minutes.

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The kale is now ready to be served. Add some more good quality extra virgin olive oil, if you like.

Flashback

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One of my favorite techniques to prepare large cuts of meat is first briefly hot smoking and then cooking sous-vide until tender. Ham hock is simply wonderful when prepared that way.

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14 thoughts on “Slow Roasted Kale

  1. Many restaurant chefs use a similar method (or fry). This is a great preparation to maximize flavor, texture and color.. The problem is this- I would eat the whol recipe as a snack. Subtle garlic, chili, anchovie and evoo make it a home run. In a pinch, anice finishing sales would shine if one were out of anchovie.

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  2. Use a fair amount of kale but like a few others above have never heard of or used this method! Interesting!! Am not certain I like the resultant colour and I usually have my kale on the table in less than five minutes flat in a stirfy or Chinese-style steam perchance . . . must remember!!

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  3. As much as I love kale, Stefan, I’ve never seen it prepared this way — and with anchovies, too!!! I will definitely give this recipe a try. I even have the same baking dishes. It’s a sign: “Make this kale, John.” Who am I to argue? 🙂

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