June 16, 2020
Alexander, Season 1 (winner!)
10 down…89 to go!
I have to admit, I have carried around preconceived notions that kale is gross since it became trendy. I think I tried it raw once, and I was like, “Nope. Never again.”
Well, then I committed to this project, and of course, had to confront my prejudice. I wasn’t very thrilled about it, honestly.
Yet again, though, I was impressed with this amazing, yet simple recipe. It completely changed my perspective on this leafy green. Even my skeptical sweetheart was pleasantly surprised too. They ended up tasting like stir-fried Brussels sprouts meet a thin, flaky potato chip without all the carbs!
Also, they ended up being the most fun (and dangerous) recipe yet. I heated the vegetable oil to 350 degrees, as instructed, and got the kale ready. I washed it, and let it sit out for about two hours to dry. Once I started tearing the pieces, I realized there was still water in all the crinkles. I took paper towels to it, trying to get all the water off. After about five minutes, and many paper towels, I decided to roll the dice and throw them in there anyway, which resulted in KALE FIREWORKS!
Every time I threw one in, the water and hot oil would react. The oil would jump out of the pot like Old Faithful! I felt like I was back in my high school chemistry class where I was also prone to making experiments a little riskier than they needed to be.
I ended up serving them alongside a burger recipe from the MCJ cookbook, which you’ll have to wait to see, and it was a wonderful pairing. Bottom line, I think I’m going to make these often in the future. It is a tasty and healthier alternative to fries or onion rings as a side, and I am a big fan.
All my love,
Dani, a big tid
P.S. What is your relationship with kale? Love at first bite? Spit take deal? Warmed up to it after the right exposure like me? And, if you’re on board with this trendy superfood, what’s your favorite way to enjoy it? I’d like to try it other ways in the future.
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