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Savory Oat Groats and Kale

Oat groats are sold at health-food stores.

  • Servings: 6
Savory Oat Groats and Kale

Photography: Ellie Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2005

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (1/2 cup), finely chopped
  • 1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, cut into matchsticks, and rinsed well
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup oat groats
  • 1 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 ounces Tuscan kale (also called cavolonero), stemmed and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add onion, leek, and half the garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrot and groats; cook 1 minute. Add stock, 1 cup water, and the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 25 minutes.

  2. Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add remaining garlic; cook until garlic begins to turn golden, about 30 seconds. Stir in kale; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 3 minutes.

  3. Stir kale mixture into groats. Cover; cook until liquid is completely absorbed and groats are tender but still chewy, about 5 minutes. Season with pepper and red-pepper flakes. Garnish with cheese, and serve with lemon wedges.

Reviews (2)

  • SoulfulCookery 19 Jan, 2011

    This is a great recipe! I did add a few things to it to make it more flavorful. First, I added 1/2 tablespoon butter right before I added the groats. I added the following after step 1 and before step 2: more salt (to taste), 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon paprika. In the future I'll add the carrots after the groats have been cooking 15 min so they aren't mushy. Made this recipe twice, once with kale and once with oven-roasted broccoli. Both were delicious!

  • SoulfulCookery 19 Jan, 2011

    This is a great recipe! I did add a few things to it to make it more flavorful for my family. First, I added 1/2 tablespoon butter right before I added the groats. I added the following after step 1 and before step 2: more salt (to taste), 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon paprika. I have made this recipe twice, once with kale and once with oven-roasted broccoli. Both were delicious!

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