Flowering kale is what they called it at the CSA, but don’t bother Googling it. You’ll end up with the ornamental variety.
It reminds me a bit in looks and flavor (I took a nibble) of broccoli rabe. So that’s where I went with it, and it paid off. I love throwing together broccoli rabe and pasta, and I took the flowering kale in that direction. The result was very similar in flavor, though a bit milder.
What you’re gonna need
- One bunch of your flowering kale (if you don’t have this particular type you could use regular kale sliced thinly)
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Pasta (I used spaghetti, but pretty much any sort would do)
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Olive oil, a couple of tablespoons
What you’re gonna do
- Put a large pot of water on to boil
- Cook your pasta according to directions
- Put a few tablespoons of oil in the bottom of a skillet and add your garlic
- Sauté until garlic turns a light brown (be careful not to burn)
- Remove the garlic
(it was just there to add flavor)
- When your pasta is done remove it to a colander and add the kale to the boiling water
- When the kale turns bright green (after a minute or two) drain it
- Add the pasta and the kale to the oil in the skillet
- Add some more crushed garlic to taste and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.