Sautéed Broccoli and Kale with Toasted Garlic Butter
In this easy vegetable side dish, broccoli and kale are drizzled with a butter, garlic and crushed red pepper sauce. Serve this healthy recipe alongside roasted chicken, turkey or ham—or on top of your favorite whole grain, such as quinoa or farro.
Makes 12 Servings
Active Time 45m
Total Time 45m
- 2 bunches kale (about 1 1/2 pounds), preferably lacinato
- 1 cup water, divided
- 2 large heads broccoli, trimmed and cut into florets (about 12 cups)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, plus more for garnish
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Maldon sea salt (optional)
Remove tough stems and ribs from kale; coarsely chop the greens. Cook the kale in 1/2 cup water in a large skillet over medium-high heat, covered, until barely tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander. Cook broccoli the same way with the remaining 1/2 cup water. Transfer the kale to a large bowl; drain the broccoli in the colander. Wipe the pan dry.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over -medium-high heat. Add the kale and cook, stirring often, until tender and browned in spots, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to the bowl. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pan. Add the broccoli and cook, stirring often, until tender and browned in spots, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to the bowl.
Heat butter, garlic and crushed red pepper in the pan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is light brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle the butter over the vegetables and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt; gently toss to combine. Serve topped with a sprinkling of Maldon sea salt and crushed red pepper, if desired.
To Make Ahead
Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Finish with Steps 2-3 just before serving.