29 September 2007

Do I have Something in My Teeth?

My friend JZ makes this appetizer that is amazingly delicious in its simplicity. I'll call it kale toasts because I have no idea what he calls it and that's basically what it is. Please ignore the poor photography and unphotogenic nature of this item because I promise it's tasty. Great as an appetizer or as a side to meats or bean soups. Particularly fun at parties because it's pretty much impossible not to end up with green stuff between your teeth.

Here's how to make it:
-Slice up some hearty, crusty bread and prepare it for toasting in the oven (say at 350 degrees F) or toaster
-wash the grime off of a big bunch of kale and pull the leafy parts off the thick stem
-put the kale in a pot with water and a steamer and steam it up a few minutes until it's bright green and tender (maybe 5 minutes, max?)
-meanwhile, pop a clove of garlic into the food processor and whirl it around with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
-when the kale is ready, remove from steamer and let cool enough to where you can squeeze most of the water out of it with your hands
-plop the kale into the food processor with the oil and garlic and whiz around until it's all ground up into a spreadable consistency
-toss in some salt (1 teaspoon or to taste), pepper, and some italian parsley for added pep and whirl around again
-pull your toast out of the oven and spread the kale mixture on top
-garnish with Parmesan cheese (optional)

For those of you who are particularly sensitive to raw garlic, here's a less-explosive option to try:
-saute 1 chopped clove of garlic in a little olive oil
-add the washed kale and a little water and saute and then cover to steam until kale is tender.
-pour off all excess liquid and add to food processor along with another glug of oil, salt, and parsley
-blend and spread


LaLaLaLeah said...

Mmmm... explosive kale shmear....

Emilio said...

You, Nisa, are just adorable and really easy to understand when you post recipes, I love it!