Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sauteed Kale w/ Polenta
We've been getting a lot of kale in our CSA lately. I love kale and usually end up putting it in a soup (it's stellar in soups!), but with the weather being so hot - I just haven't been in the mood for any kind of soup. Simple and easy is the route I like to take.
And when I saw this recipe on Eats Well With Others, I just knew I had to make it - especially since I'd never cooked with polenta before either. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity!
Adapted from Eats Well With Others' recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups kale, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup polenta
1/4 cup smoked gouda, shredded
In a large skillet, heat olive oil under medium high heat. Add garlic and saute for about a minute or so, until fragrant.
Add the kale, salt, and pepper and saute for about 3-5 minutes, or until kale is slightly wilted, but still green.
Meanwhile, bring about 4 cups of salted water to a boil. Slowly pour in polenta and stir constantly until thick - about 5 minutes or so.
Spoon some polenta on a plate and top with the kale. Sprinkle some shredded gouda on top if you want too.
Joanne served this with some braised short ribs (which looks pretty darn awesome too!), but I found this a great dish all by itself. It's elegant, easy, and super tasty! And let's just say... this won't be the last time I cook with polenta, either!