Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hot Kale Mess

There's nothing that nourishes like greens - a sweet & savory Japanese-inspired sauce makes this dish stand out to my friends (one friend always requests it as "that hot kale mess.")  usually, it just means going out the garden to pull a bunch of kale & arugula, and adding it to the other ingredients in the house, I give you:

Pan-Seared Greens with Ginger & Mushrooms

  • 1 Tb rice wine vinegar or sake (if you want more sweet, instead of sour)
  • 1 Tb sucanat
  • 3 Tb soy sauce
  • 3 Tb olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced or coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tb minced fresh ginger
  • 1 vidalia or red onion, cut into thin crescents
  • 1 c sliced mushrooms - chanterelles, morels, oyster, shitake - whatever is fresh & local
  • 1 small hot chili - sliced  or 1 Tb cayenne flakes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded & julienned
  • 6 cups coarsely chopped winter greens - chard, kale and arugula are my favorites (use scissors to cut out the coarse bits which may be finely chopped and added to the pan with the onions)
  • Herbs - 20 basil leaves, or equivalent in other herbs that are fresh & local
  • 1/2 c raw cashews

  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the first 3 ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil over high eat in a large cast iron skillet or wok.  
  3. Quickly stir in the cashews and toast in the pan - remove and set aside.
  4. Stir-fry the garlic, ginger, onion & mushrooms (and any reserved chopped chard stems) for about 1 minute
  5. Add chile and red bell pepper, cook for 1 minute
  6. Stir in greens - add a splash of sake if needed to deglaze
  7. Cook greens until they are bright in color and just tender, about 2 minutes or to taste (do you like crisper or softer greens?)
  8. Add herbs, cashews and sauce - toss gently to coat and cook for another minute or 2 - the sauce will thicken up a bit (this shouldn't be soupy).
Serve immediately - as a side or over steamed quinoa, rice or couscous.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

Salon Fan said...

I go through a bunch of cooking sites and really need to start cooking the recipes. Thanks for the post!

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