Donal Skehan

Irish Creamed Kale

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If the thought of kale scares you, then let this be the dish that changes your mind! Think creamy, buttery goodness mixed with delicious soft greens. Like spinach, kale is packed with nutrients, but doesn’t wilt down quite as much as spinach when cooked so it is a great alternative. This is the perfect little side dish to go alongside honey-glazed carrots and a beef pot roast.

Serves 6-8
1 Kale, tough stalks removed and shredded
25g butter
4 scallions, finely shredded
6 tablespoons cream
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To prepare the creamed kale. Blanch the kale in a pan of boiling water until just tender but still with a little bite. Drain quickly and refresh under cold running water to prevent it cooking further. Melt the butter in a frying pan and sauté the scallions for 20 seconds, then tip in the kale and season with pepper. Sauté for a couple of minutes until heated through. Stir in the cream and allow to bubble down and reduce, season to taste and serve.

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October Update!

Hi Folks!

Pumpkin carving, monkey nuts, lots of comfort cooking and Autumn baking are all ahead of us in October.  This month on the blog, I have lots of new recipes, competitions, and tips to make the best of all October has to offer.

After a very busy September which had me traveling up and down the country giving cookery demonstrations, I’m looking forward to settling down to start work on my third book which will be released next year.

October brings with it lots of seasonal produce to get excited about and in this month’s update, I’m focusing in on pumpkins, wild mushrooms and an Irish favourite, kale.  Of course there is much more to get excited about, so head out and scour farmers markets, butchers, fishmongers, and local shops for lot’s of seasonal inspiration.

There are two episodes left of the new season of Kitchen Hero on Monday nights on RTÉ One at 8.30pm, you can find all the details and recipes from each episode by following the episode guide.  Make sure to tune in and spread the word!

Pick up the Irish Independent the week before Halloween for some of my favourite spooky recipes and also the November issue of Food & Wine out this month for lots of delicious winter warming soup recipes.

Enjoy October!

Donal x

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