October 2, 2008

Kale with Shiitake Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes

We relaxed all day today which is something we haven't done much of on our recent trips up north. I did still make John look at books of light fixtures, but he was no help. The day before I had picked up some groceries including shiitake mushrooms, red Russian kale and mixed cherry tomatoes. I picked these three items because they all looked beautiful and were grown locally but I hoped that they would work well together. Since I'm not in my own kitchen the preparation is super simple but the result was flavorful. I really loved the black cherry tomatoes. They were wonderfully sweet and balanced the kale's slight bitterness. I think I crowded my pan when cooking the shiitakes but they still gave the umami flavor I wanted. They just didn't have the texture I wanted. I'll be making this combination again and working on the technique. Here's what I did:

Kale with Shiitake Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes
Makes enough for two people as a meal or 4 as a side

Prep:
Take 1 bunch of kale and strip the leaves from the stems. Wash the kale leaves well and chop them roughly, leave the water that clings to the leaves. Remove the stems from approximately 2 cups of shiitake mushrooms. Brush away any dirt. If the mushroom caps are large then slice them into strips or halve them. I had very small caps so I left most whole. Peel and slice 3 cloves of garlic. Wash and halve 1 pint of cherry tomatoes.

Cook:
Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat. When hot add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, coat the pan and add the mushrooms. Allow the mushrooms to cook and brown slightly. Add the garlic and kale and season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to medium and allow the kale to wilt just a little. Add the tomatoes and turn off the heat. Toss to distribute the tomatoes and warm them slightly. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of flaky salt.

Local cherry tomatoes:
sun gold, black cherry, red pear, yellow pearMy lunchtime view of East Grand Traverse Bay
It was blustery but beautiful.

16 comments:

jkru said...

I'm glad that the cider worked out! I'm so sad that I won't be in Michigan for cider mill season. It turns out that they don't do "seasons" in Texas. Also, that view of Grand Traverse Bay is very pretty!

shellyfish said...

Oh that looks delicious! I can't get kale here...snif.
Grand Traverse Bay is such a beautiful area, you're gonna just love it!

VeggieGirl said...

So glad that you got to relax!! Hooray!!

Oh my, that dish and that view!! I'll take both, please!! :0)

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delightful!

Zesty Cook said...

This looks delicious..... excellent work... i am a regular reader and I must say - I had to stumble this... great job!

Hillary said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous tomatoes! Love the colors, and great dish too!

Adam said...

Ha well I gotta say that I'm jealous. Could you possibly put another beautiful picture up, you were 4 for 4 there :) Those tomatoes and the water are beautiful

Regina said...

Those tomatoes are beautiful! We just had some black cherry tomatoes (? - not sure) as well, and they were incredible. Isn't it great to be inspired by local harvests? :)

Warda said...

Gorgeous view! And the tomatoes look so juicy and sweet!

Dawn said...

those black tomaotes are my all time favorite. I ate so many of those this summer. It's cold today for us too. Not looking forward to winter at all.

Ricki said...

Hi Maggie,
Thanks so much for your comment on my blog, and for reading! It is much appreciated.

And glad I found your blog as well--it looks as if you've got loads of recipes I'd love to try (starting with this one)--also loved the look of your quinoa salad(s)!

Can't wait to see more of your home adventure. And the dogs, of course :)

Jen said...

Those tomatoes are breathtakingly beautiful!

once in a blue moon... said...

really enjoy your photography~

Anonymous said...

Great recipe. I tried it last night and my son loved it. Also, if you like cherries in your recipes, I found a company that is giving away a free tart cherry recipe ebook. You can download your free copy from Traverse Bay Farms. Here is the link if you are interested: http://www.traversebayfarms.com

Not Another Omnivore said...

I'm a little late, but this is one of the most beautiful food pics I've seen in awhile!

NAOmni

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