We can chow down on food fried in duck fat and foie gras for days on end, but eventually, even we will crave some healthy leafy greens. Our latest obsession? Kale. This hearty relative of cabbage has a pleasant and distinct flavor and is delicious sauteed or in soup (such as the Portuguese delicacy caldo verde). Below, four of the Hub’s finest kale-based dishes.
•Intrigue Cafe offers a pasta plate of cannelloni filled with kale and ricotta and topped with an oven-roasted tomato and basil sauce. It’s just the thing for a chilly, rainy day, especially if paired with a nice glass of Pinot Noir.
•Sadly, Cha Fahn is closing its doors for good on Sunday, so the next few days are your last chance to try their excellent jasmine tea wilted kale with lemon soy dressing. So healthful, yet so decadently tasty!
•Vegans love Grasshopper, and with dishes like the sauteed kale with black mushrooms, it’s easy to see why. The dish is hearty enough that even the most devoted carnivore won’t miss meat.
•The Blue Room offers one of Cambridge’s most tempting brunches. Among their rotating menu of items is a great dish of fregola sarda (a sort of Italian couscous) served with chickpeas and kale. Not such a shabby way to start your Sunday.
[Photo: Utopian Kitchen]