10 Ways to Use Braised Kale

Kale-and-White Bean Stew © Susan Spungen
By Kristin Donnelly Posted January 03, 2015

So, you’ve braised some kale. And you need a meal to go around it. Or you have some leftovers. Here are ways to use braised kale in dishes.

So, you’ve braised some kale. And you need a meal to go around it. Or you have some leftovers. Here are ways to use braised kale in dishes.

1. On toast
Yep, braised kale piled on toast, maybe with a little squash puree, makes a lovely lunch.

2. With pasta
Toss hot pasta and pasta water with braised kale and a little crème fraîche or almond butter (seriously), and you’ve got dinner.

3. With Asian noodles
Add the greens to Asian soups or stir-fried noodle dishes, like pad Thai.

4. On pizza or in calzones
Top homemade pizza with warm braised kale for the last minute or so of baking. Or stuff braised kale and cheese in small half-moons of pizza dough and bake to make mini calzones.

5. In tacos or tamales
Smear vegetarian refried beans on tortillas, then top with braised kale, sliced avocado and raw radishes and you’ve got a delightful vegan taco. For a more ambitious project, wrap kale with tamale dough followed by corn husks and steam.

6. In casseroles and bread puddings
Spread out braised kale in a baking dish, top with cheese and croutons. Or toss kale with bread cubes and custard and bake into a luscious pudding. Even the kale haters will love it.

7. In bean stews
To transform braised kale into a heartier dish, add cooked beans, mashing them slightly to thicken the juices.

8. In frittatas
Mix the braised kale with lots of beaten eggs and cook in a nonstick skillet until nearly set, then sprinkle with cheese and broil.

9. In mushrooms
Mound braised kale into par-baked mushroom caps, then top with cheese and bake.

10. Stuffed Sunday night dinner
Use braised kale in place of spinach when stuffing a pork loin or a chicken breast.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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