Weekday Vegetarian: Kale Gratin
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I have a very healthy number of kale plants to harvest over the next couple of months, and I've been holding back from cooking with it so far.
My husband gets tired of it quickly, and it's really not his favourite vegetable, so I've focused more on the beefsteak and cherry tomatoes that are still ripening on the vines. However, I've spent a lot of time sitting in a hospital with a family member over the last month and I've been craving some dark leafy vegetables instead of the carb-laden things you can get in hospital coffee shops.
To appease my husband and because my daughter has been feeling under the weather and wanted something homey to eat, I made this quite rich kale gratin and then everybody was happy. A little of this goes a long way so you could feed five or six people with it as a side dish, but it was also delicious as a reheated leftover the next day.
This recipe is from the website Food52.
Kale Gratin1 tablespoon canola oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
6-7 ounces kale, washed, stem removed, and chopped (about 8 c chopped)
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon butter, plus more to grease the pan
1 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole milk
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
2 ounces Gruyère cheese, finely shredded
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely shredded1. Preheat oven to 375F; grease a medium-sized gratin dish with butter.2. In a large, deep-sided pan with a lid, heat oil over medium heat; once hot, add garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add 1 cup water, turn heat up to between medium-high and high, and add kale. Add 1/3 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper; cover pan and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain greens to remove water; put greens back into the pan they were cooked in.3. Mix shredded cheeses together; set aside 1/2 cup to use as topping. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter; whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk and a pinch freshly grated nutmeg; bring up to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer 1 minute. Turn off heat and whisk in shredded cheeses, except reserved 1/2 cup for topping. Taste cheese sauce and add salt and pepper as desired.4. Pour cheese sauce onto greens and stir to combine. Transfer greens and sauce to prepared gratin dish and spread out in an even layer; top with reserved 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 20 minutes until cheese bubbles. Preheat broiler and broil a couple minutes until cheese is browned in spots.