Sunday, June 17, 2018

How to Make Portuguese Kale Soup- Anthony Bourdain Cookbook Recipes


What are the health benefits of kale?

Kale is loaded with vitamin K. In addition to the benefits typical of the cruciferous vegetables, kale also provides a flavonoid called kaempferol that appears to decrease the risk of heart disease.


In one 8-year scientific study, kaempferol, in combination with the flavonoids quercetin and myricetin, reduced the risk of pancreatic cancer by 23 percent.

Kale is full of antioxidant vitamins A and C, as well as numerous carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These compounds help protect vision and lower the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

It is also an excellent source of B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, and B6, and the minerals calcium and iron.

What are Side Effects of Eating Kale Too Much?

Kale is one of a small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates, so over-eating can cause problems for those with kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, vulvar pain, gout, or other conditions that may require a low-oxalate diet.

How to Make Portuguese Kale Soup- (Sopa de Couve com Chouriço)

Another Provincetown classic inspired by the late Howard Mitcham, an unpretentious, brilliant Cape Cod cook and writer whose Provincetown Seafood Cookbook is an out-of-print treasure worth snatching up at any price. Mitcham used white pea beans, better known as navy beans, in his version.


Kale Soup is very popular Portuguese dish, but it is often mistaken for Caldo Verde soup. 

There are many variations of this recipe. Some cooks add red beans, white beans, chick peas or even pasta. If you prefer a thicker style broth, let the soup cook for at least one hour on simmer for the vegetables to dissolve creating a thicker soup.

In this recipe, kidney beans were used. If you don’t like kale you can substitute using collard greens.

Serves 8 to 10


1½ cups dried red kidney beans
1 large ham hock or comparable soup bone, cut into pieces to allow the marrow to escape into the broth
3 to 4 quarts Dark Universal Stock (refer to stock recipe below); you can substitute your own favorite stock or buy a commercial brand
½ pound Portuguese chouriço sausage, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
1 pound linguiça sausage, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
2 bunches curly kale, center stem removed and discarded, leaves washed and coarsely chopped
4 large or 5 medium waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
Red pepper flakes to taste
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1) In a large, heavy-bottom stockpot, soak the kidney beans for 12 hours in plenty of cold water, or cover the dry beans with 4 cups of water and bring to a rapid boil. Cover the pot, remove from the heat, and let sit for 90 minutes undisturbed. Drain.

2) In a clean stockpot, combine the soaked and/or cooked and drained beans and the ham hock and cover with the stock. Add 1 quart water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, using a slotted spoon or ladle to skim off and discard any scum that rises to the surface. 

3) Add the chouriço, linguiça, and kale, and simmer for another hour. 

4) Add the potatoes, pepper flakes, and vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer for at least another hour, adding more stock or water as needed to keep all the ingredients submerged. The longer the soup simmers, the better the flavor; Howard Mitcham calls for a minimum of 5 hours.

Try Other Healthy Kale Recipes:

a) How to Prepare Kale Chips Easily? Best Kale Chips Recipes

b) How to Eat Kale? Try These 15 Fast and Simple Kale Salad Recipes

Kale Calorie Counter: Kale Soup

Kale Nutritional Composition. One-half cup of cooked, chopped kale provides 21 calories, 3.7 g carbohydrate, 1.2 g protein, 0.3 g fat, 1.3 g dietary fiber, 4810 IU vitamin A, 27 mg vitamin C, 9 mcg folic acid, 148 mg potassium, 15 mg sodium, 18 mg phosphorus, 47 mg calcium, and 12 mg magnesium.

How to Buy Fresh Kale?

While several varieties of kale are grown in Portugal, the most popular, and the only one used in caldo verde or sopa de couve, is couve galega. The leaves are ideal for cutting into the whisker-thin shavings for the soup.


a) Fresh kale should have firm, very dark green leaves with no brown or dry spots. Smaller leaves will be less tough and strong-flavored than large ones. 

b) Don’t wash kale before storing it in the fridge. It will keep for a few days, though the flavor becomes more bitter the longer it is stored. 

c) For a less bitter experience, trim away not only the stems but the central vein on each leaf.

d) Fresh kale is available at farmer’s markets in the eastern United States near the end of summer and through the winter in California.

e) Kale, mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, and dandelion greens can all be used more or less interchangeably in recipes. 

How to Make Dark Universal Stock (Anthony Bourdain Recipes)

This is one of Anthony Bourdain’s recipes from Appetites: A Cookbook

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Veal bones are good. Stock and demi-glace made from roasted veal bones are even savory

Veal stock made from unroasted bones (which they claim is less bitter), or “demi-glace” made from roasted chicken bones. Chicken bones are certainly easier to come by.

What follows is a perfectly serviceable recipe for universal stock. I encourage you to load your freezer with small containers of it.

It’s as versatile as a blank canvas—a perfect background waiting for you to fill.

As a rule of thumb, you will be reducing this stock with red wine, straining it through a fine-mesh sieve, and infusing or garnishing with appropriate elements depending on the main ingredient.

If, for instance, you’re making a sauce later for lamb, you can jack it with lamb flavor by reducing it with roasted lamb scraps, perhaps some rosemary and garlic, and some red wine. For a duck sauce, throw in some duck bones, heads, and/or feet if you have them, plus some bay leaves and maybe an orange rind. 

Nicely browned turkey bones and a sprig each of sage, rosemary, and thyme will customize it for turkey gravy, and pork bones, pig ears, and red wine or beer will do the job for a porky sauce.

Makes about 6 quarts


2 tablespoons canola oil or coconut oil
4 pounds chicken bones or as many as will fit into a large heavy-bottom stockpot
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large white onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh parsley
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns


1) Preheat the oven to 400°F. Oil 2 large roasting pans.

2) In one of the pans, toss together the chicken bones with the tomato paste and flour to more or less evenly coat. Arrange them in an even layer and roast in the oven, turning and stirring the contents occasionally to keep bones from scorching, until the bones are browned, about 60 minutes.

3) While the bones roast, in the second pan, combine the onions, carrots, and celery and roast them as well, stirring regularly, until they are browned, about 30 minutes.

4) Transfer the bones and vegetables, but not any grease or other pan residue, to a large, heavy-bottom stockpot and fill the pot with cold water. Add the thyme, parsley, bay leaves, and peppercorns and bring the mixture to a high simmer, keeping vigilant in the last few minutes and reducing the heat to a low simmer before the mixture boils. 

5) Let simmer for at least 6 hours—better to let it go for 8 or 10—and use a ladle to skim off and discard the foam and oil as it rises to the top. There is no need to stir the stock as it simmers.

6) Remove the pot from the heat. Remove as many bones as you can with tongs, and discard them. Set up a sieve over a bowl or second stockpot—you may need to recruit a helper for this part, as you do not want to slip and lose everything you have just worked for—and carefully strain the stock, either by pouring it or ladling it through the sieve. Repeat the straining process a few times, until you are satisfied with the clarity of your stock. 

7) Transfer the stock carefully to storage containers, and chill in the refrigerator. 

8) Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and up to 3 months in the freezer.

If You Like Soups, Just Try One of These Easy and SavorySoup Recipes You Will Not be Disappointed: 

a) Creamy Broccoli- Parmesan Soup - The Food Lab Recipes

b) Sansa Stark's Favorite?: Dorne Lemon-Egg Soup- Game of Thrones Food Recipes

c) Awesome Egg and Lemon Soup- Soupa Avgolemono- Greek Food Recipes

d) Easy Vegetarian Lentil Soup Recipe- (Crock Pot Optional)

e) Healthy Vegan Leek Soup Modern Recipe- Game of Thrones Food Recipes

f) Gourmet Adzuki Bean Soup- Healthy Recipes


Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever. 2016. Appetites: A Cookbook. Ecco. ISBN-13: 978-0062409959

Deborah A. Klein. 2009. The 200 Super Foods That Will Save Your Life: A Complete Program to Live Younger and Longer. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN-10: 0071625755

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