Welcome to my new favorite thing. Caramelized kale and onions. It has changed my world. I have gone from a self-professed hater of the uber-popular superfood after an attempt at kale chips failed miserably. Oh Lord, I can still taste it. I assumed after brushing my tongue for an hour or so that the greens were bad. Or that they had been watered with poison or cursed by the devil. One of those assumptions is correct. I just know it. There is no other explanation.
After that experience, kale was off the table. Never again was I going to put that in my mouth, no matter how healthy it was for me. Nope. Uh-Uh. No way.
So how is it that this has become my favorite food, you ask? Well, long story short, I stopped at Panera Bread for a quick bite to eat whilst doing errands one day and they gave me the wrong sandwich. I was too hungry to really care to look before I took a bit. I had no idea there was evil lurking inside my Roasted Turkey and Caramelized Panini. I was utterly shocked that it was loaded with kale. It was so sweet. The complete opposite of that horrid vegetable I had eaten previously.
I was hooked. I decided to give it a shot at home. And again, it was amazingly sweet and so so so so good. Did I mention it was so good?
I have been schmearing (smearing?) this stuff on everything. Sandwiches, quesadillas, baked sweet potatoes. Maybe even by the spoonful. Maybe. Ok, totally.
It’s a simple recipe. Actually, I wouldn’t even really call it a recipe. I used a bag of organic, chopped kale, one sweet Vidalia onion, sliced, 2 Tbls of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. That’s it!
But the secret here is to take your time. I cooked it at medium heat in my cast iron skillet (you could use any skillet really) for a good 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally so it wouldn’t stick or burn. If it was getting too dark, I’d turn the heat down. It’s all about the caramelization, which if done patiently, brings out the sweetness of both veggies and softens and removes the bitterness from the greens.
If you are a kale hater, please please please give this a chance. I promise you good things.