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Serving size 4
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2 tsp extra virgin olive oil2 tsp minced garlic2 oz country ham (see note), pancetta or prosciutto, diced (about 1/2 cup)15 cup stemmed, torn, and rinsed kale (1-2 bunches)2 cup water¼ tsp crushed red pepper


Heat oil in a wide deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, stir, and immediately add ham (or pancetta or prosciutto). Add kale by the handful, stirring to make room for more leaves. When all the kale has been added, add water and crushed red pepper; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the water has evaporated and the kale is tender, 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve warm.


Note: Dry, salt-cured and aged between 90 and 180 days, country ham is the pork of choice when preparing Southern-style kale; a little goes a long way.

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total

  • Calories 96
  • Calories from fat 45
  • Total Fat 5gm 8%
  • Saturated Fat 45
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2gm
  • Sodium 410mg 17%
  • Total Carbohydrates 8gm 3%
  • Fiber 3gm 3%
  • Protein 7gm
  • Cholesterol 11mg 4%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Side Dish, Healthy, Low Calorie, Pork, Vegetable, Kale, American, Southern & Soul, Easy, Skillet

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