We found that solution to our kale woes though! It comes in the form of pesto. Let's be serious--pesto is one of the greatest foods ever created. Sure enough, kale pesto is delicious! And versatile! We used it to marinate and sauce some fresh sockeye salmon, but I am sure it would be delicious on pasta, as a pizza sauce, on other varieties of fish or chicken, or even just on toasted bread. So good.
Dreading kale? Not anymore! Never fear, kale pesto is here!!
- 1 bunch kale, rinsed, dried, and roughly chopped
- 1/3ish cup of pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1/4ish cup (maybe more) of extra virgin olive oil
- zest of one lemon
- juice from that lemon
- 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1ish tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes
- a dash of salt
- a sprinkle of sugar (to cut a little of the bitterness of the kale and the lemon)
- Toast the pine nuts in a 350 degree oven until you can just start to smell them and they start to turn a light, golden brown.
- Blanch the kale in a large pot of boiling water. Immediately transfer the kale to a colander and run under ice cold water. (If your water doesn't get cold enough, immerse in a bowl of ice water.)
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse 8-10 times. If needed, add a bit more olive oil.
- Pulse again and check consistency and taste.
- Make adjustments with olive oil and/or more spices.
- Use on fish, chicken, pasta, bread, pizza, or with crackers. So good!