Monday, March 1, 2010

Kale gratin

Unfamiliar vegetable? Cover it with cheese and breadcrumbs. Mmm...cheese.

1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan
1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup grated gruyere or Swiss
salt and pepper to taste

Boil the kale until bright green (about 1 minute) and drain. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out all the extra water and add to a mixing bowl with the cheeses. Mix loosely. Meanwhile, bring the cup of cream to a boil and then reduce to low immediately. Let reduce for a minute or two. Add the salt and pepper and garlic to this and remove from the heat. Add the kale mixture to a shallow casserole dish and pour the cream mixture over it. Distribute the breadcrumbs over the top and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

Cost: A bunch of kale runs approximately $1.50 at the supermarket. The cream and cheese I purchased in bulk, so around $1.50 for those. $3.00 total, will serve two as a main dish or four as a side dish.

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