Lau Lau Flavored Kale
Cuisine: Island style
Author: Guava Rose
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
A quick and easy way to cook greens to taste like taro leaves in Hawaiian lau lau.
  • 6 c. washed, de-stemmed kale leaves, cut or torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1-1/2 c. water
  • ⅛ tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp. liquid smoke
  1. Place water into a large pot. Add kale. Sprinkle with salt and liquid smoke. Turn heat on high. Cover pot and let cook for 5 minutes. Stir, turn heat down to low and cook covered another 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. Add more water if needed to make sure there's always liquid at the bottom of the pot so the leaves don't dry and burn. When done, the kale should be tender yet still fairly bright in color.
  2. Note: Chopped beet green leaves may also be used.
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