Monday, February 8, 2010

Kale with Caramelized Kumquats

Melicious alerted me to this yummy dish via Pham Fatale. Remove the agave nectar, which you shouldn't eat at all and swap the soy sauce for some wheat free tamari... ENJOY!

3 cups kale, fresh
1-½ tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
8 kumquats
1 teaspoon fresh ginger (see tips), freshly grated
2 tablespoons orange juice (or lemon juice), freshly squeezed
1 clove garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Prepping the kumquats: Wash the kumquats and thinly slice them using a sharp chef's knife. Discard the seeds and the white center membrane (if any).

Caramelizing the onions and kumquats: Heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add the onions. Cook over low heat for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the onion from burning, until the color is evenly golden brown. Add the ginger and sliced kumquats. Cook for about 4 minutes until the kumquats are soft and tender. Add the orange juice. Transfer to a plate with the citrus-infused oil from the pan.

Cooking kale:

Wash the raw kale thoroughly in several baths. Remove and discard the fibrous and older part of the stems. Drain and remove all the excess water using a salad spinner. Roughly chop the kale leaves.

In the same pan, add the rest of the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic. Cook the garlic for a minute until fragrant. Add the kale to the pan, constantly toss the kale leaves until they're shiny (coated in oil). The leaves will start to wilt after 30 seconds or so. Season with salt (this will prevent the kale from changing color and help keep its bright green color). Add tamari. Turn off the heat. Stir well. Cover and let sit for about 2-3 minutes. Add the onions and spiced kumquats with the oil. Check seasoning and add black pepper.


  1. Here's the thing I don't understand: You've got onions (sweet), orange juice (sweet), and kumquats (sweet)... why does the original recipe even pretend to need that tablespoon of sweetener? WHY?!

    OK. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I feel good about trying this recipe. If the store doesn't have kumquats, I'm going to replace with apricots.

  2. Agreed! Kale isn't that bad.... no need to drown it in sugar, people!

    Apricots should be delicious, might I also suggest unsweetened dried cranberries if apricots cannot be found? Kale and dried cranberries make a fantastic pair.