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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
braised kale and broccoli with feta and olives
I'm embarrassed to say I have forgotten where I found this recipe, but the second I saw it, I was sure it was something I would love. I am a huge fan of kale, but not raw kale, and lately there are so many recipes for that. Not me - I love kale in my favorite kale recipe ever, Portuguese Kale Soup ,with potatoes, linguica ( a Portuguese sausage common on the Outer Cape), and tomatoes. And I often make whipped potatoes with cooked kale, just for the greenery and the knowledge I am, hopefully, making a healthy meal.
But this combination knocked me out. I also love broccoli, and feta, and olives, for heaven's sake, so how could it go wrong?
I have now made this three times - I have had it for brunch, breakfast AND supper, and it was so pleasing every single time. You really need to make this, my friends. It will be on your menu for years, and will never disappoint.
Braised kale and broccoli with feta and olives
Lightly braised in olive oil, the kale and broccoli are cooked until just tender, then tossed with salty feta and pitted Kalamata olives. A wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving, or a chilly autumn supper or brunch, the recipe is easily halved.
To make about 6- 8 servings:
4-5 cups broccoli florets
10 cups torn kale leaves, slightly packed, stems discarded
4 tablespoons mild olive oil
about 1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
4 ounces cubed or crumbled feta cheese
Place the olive oil and the water in a large heavy skillet, adjust heat to medium, then add the broccoli florets and stir. Cook for 6 minutes or so, stirring a few times, until just tender.
Add the kale and stir gently, then cover the skillet for 5 minutes. Uncover, stir, and remove from heat.
Add the olives and feta while the greens are still warm, tossing gently before serving.
I promise you, you will love it.
And that beautiful sunflower? In memory of a wonderful woman, Pat Fairchild, who died recently. Her fellow gardeners planted a beautiful garden for her outside the post office, with towering , sunny sunflowers even taller than she was. We all miss her marvelous spirit, and her feisty, loving personality. What a woman.