Friday, 26 September 2008

Curly Kale and Bacon

Curly Kale is in season at the moment, and we were lucky enough to be able to harvest some from my fiancees dad's allotment yesterday. It is a pretty cabbagey type vegetable, so I decided to cook it up with some bacon, similar to a recipe by Delia Smith.


  • Curly Kale - lots of it (see first picture)
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Nob butter
  • 250 g bacon

First of all wash the kale well, and check for insects (depending on where you got it from - my one was full of flies and caterpillars). Next, remove the harder stalks from it, and chop the leaves up finely - about 5 mm thickness is good.

Chop the onions finely, and chop the bacon into lardon size pieces. Melt the butter in a large wok (you need a really big pan to start with, but the kale reduces down quite a lot), and fry the onions and bacon until the onions are softened.

Next, add in the garlic cloves (finely chopped) and fry for a further couple of minutes.

Now you need to add the kale into the pan. It will take up quite a lot of room, but don't worry, it will reduce down once it cooks. Put a lid on top of it for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid, and you will see that the kale has steamed a bit in the pan, and should have reduced in size. Stir it now to mix in all the bacon and onions, then cover and leave for a further 5 minutes.

It should look something like this, and the kale should be nice and soft. If it is undercooked, it tends to have a slightly bitter taste, but this will go once it is ready.

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Foodycat said...

Nice. So did you just eat it like that or was it a side dish for something else? It'd be lovely with roast guineafowl.

Ryan said...

We had this with potatoes just as a meal on its own, but it would work well as a side dish.

I mashed mine up with the potatoes on my plate a bit, and that made me think that maybe it would be even better as some kind of bacon bubble and squeak dish.

Kuddy LeBlanc said...

yooo i prepared this with a macaroni bake and it came out excellent

NancyDuggan said...

Thanks for the recipe, Ryan. I was feeling too fat, so I left out the butter, it was fine.

Breaking Dawn said...

The most sought after breakfast of the day is the pretty cabbagey type vegetable,with bacon and eggs. I would also try to get a pickled papaya as side dish. The Chocolate Covered Bacon is a perfect appetizer for you. This would be a perfect meal for my morning.