You want a sure fire way for your family to eat kale? And actually like it?? I’m telling you, this is your best bet! Sweet, salty, tangy, and bacon-y. We have made this bacon and kale recipe for years and it is one of our very favorite sides.
So almost every Saturday and Sunday morning my husband will make bacon. Over the years we have found that our favorite way to cook it, in order to get it extra crispy and without the mess of splattering, is by baking it. All you need to do is preheat the oven to 370, cover a baking sheet with foil, lay the bacon into strips (not letting it overlap) evenly and bake it for about 10 min on each side until extra crispy. Once we pull the pan out of the oven, I’ll pour the bacon grease in a coffee mug or directly into my big stainless 6 quart pot to have it ready (for this recipe) later on in the day. And, before the bacon is all gone, I’ll grab 2-3 pieces, put it in a small storage bag (once it has cooled), crumble it, and toss it in the fridge for use later.
If you don’t make bacon in the morning, you can still certainly make this recipe easily, but the morning bacon does save time and make this recipe extra flavorful!
I love ths recipe so much I wanted to make it a meal so I added some sausage (see below) to make it heartier and more filling and man is it good!! I make this once a weekly latey. I’m hooked!
This sausage is amazing and cooked on the cast iron skillet, it is even better because it gets nice and crispy. It’s also great with eggs, in salads, etc. You can get it at Whole Foods or 365 but it’s definitely cheaper at 365 if you have access to one.
Honestly, just one large bush? (what is a grouping of kale called? a bunch?) of kale will hardly fill just me (I do eat a lot in general), so I will almost always use 2 big…things(?) of kale. And well, that is just enough for the four of us.
This is the kind (not sure if it has a name) of kale I used. And instead of cutting it, I just tear pieces off to put in the pot.
I love my big 6 quart pot. It helps contain the splatter and mess if I’m cooking the bacon but also it leaves me plenty of room and makes it easier to stir. Why did I always try to use a smaller pot before??
And here it is. I hope you all like it as much as we do!