Baked Kale Gratin
1 ½ bunch Kale
3 tablespoons flour
4 slices bacon
2 ¾ cups Half & Half
3 tablespoons butter
1 ¼ cups grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup minced shallots
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
1 small red pepper ( finely chopped)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. Wash and chop Kale leaves. Steam in Dutch oven. (1/2 inch water. Until tender) Drain.
Cook bacon in Dutch oven till crisp. Remove bacon, reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings. Melt butter with remaining drippings in Dutch oven. Add shallots, red pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes and saute’ until tender.
Whisk flour in with veggies, whisking constantly 1-2 minutes. Add Half & Half. Boil. Reduce heat to low simmer 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.
Spoon mixture into 2 Qt. baking dish. Stir bread crumbs with Olive oil and ¼ cup cheese. Sprinkle over Kale mixture.
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes till golden brown.
Recommended by Beth as seen in “Country Living Magazine”, November 2014