Recipe: Apple Cider–Braised Kale with Pecans and Pomegranate

 

Apple Cider–Braised Kale with Pecans and Pomegranate

 

Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 large shallot, peeled and minced

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 bunches lacinato (Tuscan) kale, woody stems chopped off, leaves cut crosswise into 1 1/2- to 2-inch-wide ribbons

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Sea salt and black pepper

Cayenne pepper

3/4 cup apple cider

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (from 1/2 pomegranate)

 

  • Melt the coconut oil in a large pot or large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the shallot starts to soften.

 

  • Add half of the kale, the paprika, and a pinch each of salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until the kale starts to wilt.

 

  • Add the rest of the kale and the apple cider. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes, until the kale is very tender.

 

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the pomegranate seeds.