Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kale Puree Polenta

Kale Puree Polenta


Green seems to be the theme this week on social media. Since St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday I thought it would be a good time to talk about my Kale Puree Polenta dish. Both kale and polenta really has nothing in common with Irish food besides the fact that this dish is a gorgeous shade of green and would pair very nicely with corned beef.

Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage of the Irish in general. When I was in elementary school many moons ago it was very important that we wore or had something pinned to us that was green or the boys would chase and pinch us. Do you all remember that?

Begin today’s recipe by making the Kale puree first. You will have extra puree, it is fantastic on veggies, eggs, pasta, pizza and meats. The flavor is garlicky and addicting.

Don't forget to wear something green;-)


yield: 3 to 4print recipe

Kale Puree Polenta

This healthy Kale Puree Polenta is delicious and comforting and makes a wonderful side dish.

INGREDIENTS:

Kale Puree
  • 1 bunch Kale ( I used dinosaur) washed, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic (peeled)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water, if needed
  • Flaky salt
Polenta
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup polenta (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pot boil water, add salt, now add kale and garlic. Cook until kale is tender about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain kale and garlic into colander. Rinse with cold water, when cool set aside garlic and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  2. Combine kale, garlic and olive oil into food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth, add water if needed. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized heavy pot add water and salt, bring to a boil. Slowly stir-in grits. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, until mixture is fairly thick, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, add-in butter and then Parmesan.
  4. Oil bottom and sides of serving dish, scoop in polenta, swirl in kale puree a couple of tablespoons at a time, I used 4 tablespoons. Enjoy!
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46 comments:

  1. I love greens, so for me they should always be on Social media. ;) Such a wonderful idea of adding kale puree to polenta, Cheri. Lovely share. Can't wait to try this.

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  2. It definitely seems right to add green to anything and everything this week! I love polenta AND kale so this sounds fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Marcie, green is the theme for sure.

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  3. While I'm not a big kale fan, I do like it cooked...and adding it to the polenta looks like a great idea. Fun for St. Patricks Day, too!

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    1. Thanks Barbara, the garlic really makes this dish almost like a pesto.

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  4. With the polenta look delicious !

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  5. Green is definitely the theme for the week and you've done it proud. Your polenta would be a hit for sure.

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  6. Cheri this polenta with kale looks so beautiful and appetizing. A gorgeous shot too. It does fit nicely for St. Patrick's Day, and, in reading some Ireland culinary history today there was indeed a mention of kale. Be sure and wear your green!

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    1. Oh thank you Peggy for digging a bit deeper, never knew about the kale. Will definitely be wearing a bit of green.

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  7. When I saw this on Instagram it made me so happy! I love kale and polenta - why not together? Will need to sub shallots for the garlic, but that will just make it a bit different, I think. Happy Ides of March! I am making a Roman dish (beware!) - braised oxtail!

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    1. Can't wait to see your oxtail masterpiece David, always look forward to your posts. Take care my friend and Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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  8. I do remember getting pinched for not wearing something green! This dish sounds so interesting. I think I must give it a try! Have a happy St. Patrick's Day and behave yourself ;)

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  9. I remember the kids chasing each other in elementary school on St. Patrick's day. This is the most creative dish I have seen for St.Patrick's Day. Congratulations Cheri!

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  10. Yes! I remember the need to wear green or orange on St. Patrick's Day =) Kale and polenta does sound yummy for the holiday =)

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    1. Thanks Kim, the puree packs a lot of flavor.

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  11. Thanks for the recipe. I need inspiration for a bag of polenta I've received.

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    1. Hope you like this Tandy, I love polenta.

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  12. Such a cool idea of adding kale in polenta and it looks really great too.

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  13. Yes, I do remember wearing green to school! haha
    And lovely to learn about this kale puree...and mixing it with polenta is such a great idea. It looks like a great dish.

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    1. Thanks Monica, the puree is good with many other foods too.

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  14. Cheri, what a genius idea. We love polenta and kale, and to mix them together is genius! We have to get more polenta!! Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! CHeers!

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    1. Thanks Anna and Liz, Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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  15. It is a gorgeous green, Cheri! This would be a delicious side for so many entrees. What a unique and wonderful recipe!

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    1. Thanks Susan! Have a wonderful St' Patrick's Day!

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  16. That looks yummy, and I have all the ingredients on hand! Maybe I should make this tonight?! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Thanks Gingi, we really enjoyed this combination.

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  17. YUM, looks like a Spring on a plate, love this☺

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  18. Happy St Patrick's Day Cheri. I love your childhood memory. I don't remember that custom, but it sure sounds like a fun one. And this dish looks delicious. I can't wait to try it. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, I think it was really more like kids being silly.

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  19. A great way to add nutrition and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I must confess; I have pinched many boys in my day, back in elementary school. Haha

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  20. This polenta looks delicious! I'm actually thinking that my twins may like this dish a lot, too!

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    1. Wow! Your twins must be wonderful little eaters, that is fantastic. Thanks Amy!

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  21. As a huge fan of polenta, I could eat this creamy polenta with kale and Parm all by myself.

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    1. Thanks Denise, I am a huge fan myself, and the kale puree made it even better.

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  22. Your polenta sounds wonderful! This may be the only way I'll ever get Bill to eat kale!!!

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  23. Such a pretty dish, and it sounds wonderfully flavorful!
    I forgot to wear green yesterday, at least all my co-workers did too :)

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  24. I really like the idea of adding the kale puree to polenta. It makes for a very tasty and colorful side dish any time of the year.

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