Kale, aka leaf cabbage, is a green, leafy, cruciferous vegetable.
It belongs to the same family as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and cauliflower.
It’s one of the healthiest food! Kale is rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and a wide range of other nutrients.
Types of Kale: Curly Kale (most common), Dinosaur Kale, Red Russian Kale, Redbor Kale.
Colors: The colors can vary depending on the type of kale. It ranges from bright green, dark green, blue-green, to purple or reddish.
Taste: The flavors can differ depending on the type of kale. Generally, kale tastes bitter-sweet and earthy.
Texture: Generally, the leaves are delicate, and they’re either smooth or curly. For some people, the stems or stalks can be too tough and fibrous to eat. If you like, you can remove them before cooking.
Ways to Cook Kale: You can boil, blanch, braise, saute, steam, stir-fry kale. You can use kale in soups, casseroles, salads, or smoothies. You can also eat kale raw, or make kale chips in the oven or air fryer!
Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Kale
Here are the ingredients for cooking Kale in Instant Pot:
*Note: Bacon or smoked sausage work equally well for this kale recipe. If you’re using bacon, you don’t need to add olive for the sauteeing step.
Prepare Ingredients: Cut kale into thirds, and remove the stems if you like. If you're using bacon, cut them into bite-size pieces.
Saute Sausages or Bacon: Press "Saute" button to "Sauté More" function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until it says "HOT" on the screen (roughly 8 minutes). If you're using sausage, add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot's inner pot. Make sure you cover the whole bottom with oil. *Bacon Tip: If you're using bacon, you don't need the olive oil. Add ~1lb sliced sausages in Instant Pot, then saute for 4 minutes.
Saute Onions & Spices: Add onion slices in Instant Pot, then saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in minced garlic, then saute for 30 seconds.
Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in ¾ cup (188ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
Pressure Cook Kale: Add 1lb kale in Instant Pot. With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.Kale with a bit of Chew: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 2 minutes, then immediately Quick ReleaseTender Kale: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes, then immediately Quick ReleaseWhen the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
Season and Serve: Press “Cancel” button to turn off the heat. Give everything a quick mix. Taste the kale and add more salt if necessary. *Note: The amount of salt you need to add to properly season the dish depends on your sausage or bacon. For reference, we added a small pinch of salt to properly season our kale. Enjoy~
*Quick Release = Carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release all the pressure.*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!
Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
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