Kale Recipe from bin on the lake Waterfront Restaurantphoto

We are continuing to explore the Study of Braising at bin on the lake Kirkland wine bar as part of an inspired culinary series. Highlighting the exploration of specific elements or cooking techniques, the 'Study of...' Feature has provided cooking tips, recipes, and wine pairings from the Culinary Collection of Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Kale, popular for its richness in fiber and iron, is low in calories and filled with powerful antioxidants. Try this Italian-inspired healthy kale recipe at home!

Braised Kale with Garlic & Chili
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Kale Recipe
Photo: Kale Recipe Highlighting Braising Technique


12 bunches - Lacinato kale
3 T - Garlic, chopped
1 t - Chili flakes 
2 T - Lemon juice
1 T - Oregano, chopped
1/3 c - Extra virgin olive oil   
Salt and pepper

Peel the leaves of the kale off of the stem. Reserve stem for vegetable broth. In a large nonreactive pot, bring a large quantity of water to a boil. Salt the water well. Boil the kale for 5 minutes and remove to an ice bath. Squeeze the kale dry and rough chop. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil and sauté garlic and chili until aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Sauté the kale until very soft, 10 minutes, adding water when the kale dries out. Add the lemon juice and oregano, and season well. Continue braising the kale until very soft, up to 20 minutes total. Season, drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve.
Yield 6

To experience this culinary exploration at our waterfront restaurant in Kirkland, Wa., view bin on the lake’s current menu and additional braising recipes.