The Literate Chef

Uncle Fred’s Steamed Kale with Black Olives

In Recipes, Vegetables on August 30, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Kale with Black Olives

Kale with Black Olives

Preparation & cooking time with easy to use fresh Kale from Glory Foods, 20 minutes

To read about Uncle Fred, please refer toUncle Fred, The Godfather


2 lbs. kale, washed, thick stems removed and discarded, leaves and tender stems chopped coarse*
2 cups of oil-cured black olives, preferably pitted
12 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons crushed hot chili peppers
2 cups water


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until translucent. Do not let burn.
  3. Add the olives, and stir well. When they begin to puff up, shut the heat and add the hot pepper flakes and stir well.
  4. Return the heat to medium, add 1/4 cup of water and add the kale in bunches stirring continuously so it does not burn. Continue adding water and kale until the kale cooks down.
  5. Cover, steam on high for 8 minutes.

* Kale is usually sold in bunches in the supermarket. It has to be washed, trimmed and hand chopped before serving. Recently we discovered pre-washed, trimmed and chopped ‘Kale Greens’ packaged and sold like washed spinach and salad greens. It is produced by Glory Foods, which produces other similarly packaged, fresh, ready to cook produce that are great time savers.

  1. Uncle Fred’s Steamed Kale with Black Olives sounds delicious, and it’s a wonderful tribute to Uncle Fred. We’re tickled to have found both this recipe and site. In fact, we are holding a recipe contest through the month of September and would be honored if you’d consider entering this or any other of your Glory Foods creations.

    The contest details are here:

    Best wishes to you.

    Yvette Ferry
    Online Community Manager at Glory Foods

  2. Reblogged this on The Literate Chef and commented:

    Recently there has been a lot of press about the benefits of including Kale in your diet. In our family, we have been consuming it regularly following a recipe from by godfather, Uncle Fred. We first posted this recipe 2 &1/2 years ago, but in case you missed it, here it is again. Good and healthful eating!

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