Braised Kale

For a complete meal, serve this dish with Turkey Saltimbocca and Creamy Polenta.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 ounces sliced pancetta, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds kale, trimmed, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock


Heat the EVOO in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chopped pancetta and cook until crispy, 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the greens and wilt them down, tossing frequently. Sprinkle in the sugar, toss, then deglaze the pan with vinegar and add in 1/2 cup stock. Reduce heat to low and let the kale mellow a few minutes.

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