Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Gratin


4 oz. Prosciutto, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs, or whichever kind you prefer
4 tbsp olive oil
2 bunches of Tuscan kale, stems and ribs removed and coarsely chopped
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
2  cloves of garlic, finely diced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups of skim or lowfat milk
1 cup grated gruyere
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

 Pour 2 tbsp of olive oil into a medium skillet, and add the prosciutto.  Fry until some fat is released and then add the breadcrumbs.  Stir occasionally, until the prosciutto is crispy and the breadcrumbs are toasted a golden brown.  Set aside.
Boil a pot of water, add salt and the kale.  Cook for 4 minutes, then drain.  
 Pour the remaining olive oil to the pot and add the diced onion and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper, and stir frequently over medium heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Add the kale to the mixture, and set aside, retaining the pot.
Use the pot to melt the butter over medium heat.  Add flour and whisk together until the mixture is thick and a light brown color.  Slowly mix in the milk, reducing heat to a simmer, and add the gruyere and nutmeg, continuing to stir until the cheese melts into a thick bechamel sauce.  Put the kale back into the pot and stir until it's coated in the bechamel.
Pour the bechamel-kale mixture into a 9-10" skillet or pie dish, and cover in the prosciutto-breadcrumb mixture and the parsley.  Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until it's bubbling slightly. 

Serves 8.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

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