Creamed Kale & Leeks

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"A play on creamed spinach with a twist. And, unlike creamed spinach; this recipe doesn't have a cheesy base; just a little as a garnish. It's a perfect side dish to go with a grilled steak and baked spud!"

Original recipe yields 5 servings
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (392.2 g)
  • Calories 927.7
  • Total Fat - 74.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 29.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 229 mg
  • Sodium - 3714.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.8 g
  • Sugars - 3.1 g
  • Protein - 53.2 g
  • Calcium - 69.5 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.3 mg

Step 1

Walnuts ... We are going to use one pan for everything. So, in a large deep saute pan, non-stick preferred, on medium high heat; add the nuts, and stir until you begin to smell them. They will only take a couple of minutes - just keep an eye on them. Then, transfer to a plate to cool.

Step 2

Kale ... There a couple of different way to remove the stems from the kale. Personally, I like to hold one end of the leaf; and, wrap my first around the stem. Simply pull down the stem, and the leafs will come right off. I also like to use the top (or tip) 3-4" of the thinner stem; finely diced - it has tons of flavor. Then, I like to stack up the leaves; and cut in thin strips, then, chop. You don't want big pieces of kale; but, you don't want fine minced either.

Step 3

Vegetables ... In the same pan; add the butter, red pepper flakes, leeks, shallots, and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Saute on medium heat stirring often; until they begin to soften (3-4 minutes). Then, add the garlic; and saute another minute or two.

Step 4

Sauce ... Add the wine and chicken stock (start with 1/3 cup - you can add more later if needed); and, simmer 2 minutes. Then, add the cream and nutmeg; and bring up to just under a boil. Then, add a little kale at a time; until you can fit all the kale into the pan. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover; and, simmer 5-7 minutes until the kale is tender. Then, uncover; and, cook another 3-4 minutes, until the cream begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Finish, Serve, and ENJOY! ... Transfer to a serving bowl; and, garnish with the cheese and nuts.

Tips & Variations

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