Source: Bon Appetit Bon Appetit’s notes: Tuscan kale, also called black kale, dinosaur kale, Lacinato kale, or cavolo nero, has long, narrow, dark green bumpy leaves; find it at farmers’ markets and some supermarkets. Dried chiles de árbol are available at Latin markets, specialty foods stores, and some supermarkets. My notes: I made one batch with Tuscan kale and another with curly kale. They were both delicious but the Tuscan kale was more so. The second time, too, I overcrowded the pan with kale and the pieces didn’t get as dark and delicious, so I would caution against trying to cram more than a generous layer of kale into whatever pan you are using. It does cook down a little bit, but not as dramatically as unblanched spinach or chard when sautéed. This kale is delicious on its own, but also makes a wonderful filling for omelets. I made a giant omelet in a 12-inch skillet using 6 eggs. After the eggs were mostly set, I covered them with the kale and then sprinkled some feta over top, which was delicious, but any number of cheeses would work well. I finished it off in a 350ºF oven for about five minutes or less — just until the uncooked egg was set. The stuffing, by the way, is delicious, too. I make a much simplified version, omitting the fennel and the fennel seeds.
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more
- 1 pound Tuscan kale (about 2 bunches), center ribs and stems removed
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 sprig rosemary
- 1 dried chile de árbol, broken into 4 pieces
- 1 cup sliced yellow onion
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a rapid boil over high heat. Working in 2 batches, blanch kale for 2 minutes. Drain, let cool, and squeeze out excess water with your hands. Coarsely chop; set aside. (Note: I used a little more than one pound of kale to start (before removing the center rib and stem) and got about 3 cups of chopped kale out of it.)
- Heat a large pot over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup oil, rosemary sprig, and chile. Let sizzle, shaking pan often, for about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; add onion. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often; stir in garlic. Cook, stirring often, until onion is soft and starting to brown, 5-7 minutes.
- Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and kale; stir to coat. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring often, until kale turns almost black and is slightly crisp at edges, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Discard rosemary and chile.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes