Is kale the new bacon? A recent article in The Balitmore Sun summarizes the sudden rise of this superstar green. And it’s true (much to the liking of this dietitian), kale IS all over food blogs – I swear I see a new kale chip recipe almost daily. Can other bitter greens (like mustard, collards, dandelion, Swiss chard) be far behind?
Here’s a recipe I’ve been making and tweaking for years – and the first one that got me to sit up and notice kale instead of wrinkling my nose at its bitterness. I like to blanch heartier greens (boil in water for a few minutes & drain before sautéing) as a way to take out some of the bitter (an absolute must for broccoli rabe, in my book.) The other hook with this dish to add just a pinch of sugar, along with briny olives & capers and a touch of heat to marry all the fabulous flavors together. Toss in tuna & beans and you have a one pot meal and perhaps not even any leftovers – to this day, I still marvel at how huge bunches of greens wilt down into just a few servings.Print
Sicilian Kale with Tuna, Capers and Cannellini Beans
Jazz up your canned tuna with this Sicilian style dish adding kale, capers and cannellini beans.
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 pound of kale, chopped, stems removed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, choped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup olives, chopped
- 1/4 cup capers, drained
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 (6 ounce) can tuna in water, drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini or white beans, drained and rinsed
- Salt & pepper
- Fill a large pot 3/4ths full of water and bring to a boil. Add kale and lower to medium-high heat. Boil for 3 minutes then drain.
- Place empty pot back onto stove on medium heat and add olive oil. Add in onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add in garlic and saute another minute.
- Add olives, capers and pepper flakes, cook for 2 minutes and then add in kale and sugar. Stir until incorporated and cover with lid.
- Stir occasionally and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- Mix in tuna and beans, cook until just heated, about 3 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
Are you a kale lover or do you have another favorite green?