Garlicky Wilted Kale (with a dash of Nutmeg)

September 16, 2009
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2 to 4
Author Notes

This is a quick, simple kale side dish boosted with a spike of red wine vinegar and nutmeg. It's a great, hearty substitute for sauteed spinach, and is especially good with southern and spicy foods (I most often pair this with jerk chicken!). —One Hungry Mama

What You'll Need
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 pieces garlic, minced
  • 2 bunches kale, cleaned, stemmed & torn into pieces
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  1. Heat oil over medium in a large dutch oven. Add garlic. Saute until it begins to turn brown.
  2. Add kale, tossing to coat with oil and garlic. You may need to do this in batches, allowing one batch to wilt slightly before adding the next.
  3. Once all of the kale is slightly wilted, add 1/2 cup chicken broth. Turn heat to medium-high and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until liquid cooks off. When it has, add remaining 1/2 cup broth, cover, turn heat to medium-low, and let cook for about 20 minutes, until kale is tender.
  4. Uncover and turn heat to medium. Cook for 1-2 minutes, allowing most of excess liquid to cook off. Add nutmeg and vinegar. Cook just a few more minutes, until sauce cooks down to a nice coating.

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3 Reviews

LindaB June 1, 2020
Husband & I loved this wilted kale the nutmeg & red wine vinegar just gave such a smooth finish. Served with baked chicken thighs with a Carolina mustard sauce.
Richard C. October 7, 2014
"1. Heat oil over medium in a large dutch oven..."

Really? *Really*?
editrix January 1, 2010
This made the perfect accompaniment to our New Year's Day dinner: flavorful, silky, and decadent-tasting (though very healthful!). Will be our go-to recipe for kale from now on.