Thu. Jan 28th, 2021

Chef Petrus: Crazy for kale

Kale has become a very trendy vegetable recently. It’s a superfood and surprisingly inexpensive.

chef petrus crazy for kale - Chef Petrus: Crazy for kale

Thanks to a publicity boost from celebrities folks are crazy for kale. It’s delightfully cheap considering its superfood status with high levels of vitamins A, C and K, iron, calcium, magnesium and fibre.

Kale is more frequently available as a dark leafy green but you’ll also find it in vibrant shades of purple and white. Leaves can be smooth or curly. Ideally, buy whole leaves, so you can remove the stems before chopping them up.

Its slightly bitter flavour is reduced by blanching, and a little acid enhances its rich earthiness. Try curly kale with smoked bacon, baby potatoes, walnuts and blue cheese — yum! This side dish works particularly well with steak.

Kale and Bacon Salad

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Recipe by Petrus MadutlelaCourse: Salads, SidesCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy

Prep time

10

minutes

Cooking time

15

minutes

Total time

25

minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 g kale, chopped

  • 8 baby potatoes, peeled & halved, or one large potato peeled & diced into cubes

  • 25 g butter

  • 1/2 pack smoked bacon

  • 100 g blue cheese

  • 100 g walnuts

  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar

  • juice of 1/2 lemon

  • seasoning to taste

Method

  • Blanch the baby potatoes for 8 minutes.
  • Blanch the kale in salted boiling water for 3 minutes, refresh in cold water, drain and pat dry using some kitchen towel.
  • Chop the bacon into 1 cm slices and fry off in the butter until crispy in a large frying pan.
  • Add the cooked potatoes and walnuts. Stir in the kale and sherry vinegar, tumble the ingredients together and sauté for a few minutes, then crumble in the blue cheese.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste.

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