Kale becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender in this recipe. Assertive garlic and salty country ham stand up to kale's bold flavor.

Sarah Fritschner
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006

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Recipe Summary

total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, stir, and immediately add ham (or pancetta or prosciutto). Add kale by the handful, stirring to make room for more leaves. When all the kale has been added, add water and crushed red pepper; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the water has evaporated and the kale is tender, 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve warm.

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Tips

Note: Dry, salt-cured and aged between 90 and 180 days, country ham is potent, salty and delicious; a little goes a long way. You can find it online at country-ham.com and at countryham.org.

Nutrition Facts

93 calories; protein 6.4g 13% DV; carbohydrates 7.9g 3% DV; dietary fiber 2.6g 11% DV; sugars 1.6g; fat 4.3g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.8g 4% DV; cholesterol 9.9mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 17754.1IU 355% DV; vitamin c 53.4mg 89% DV; folate 17.7mcg 4% DV; calcium 95.2mg 10% DV; iron 1.3mg 7% DV; magnesium 27.1mg 10% DV; potassium 371mg 10% DV; sodium 411.9mg 17% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.