How Kale Made the In-Crowd at Thanksgiving

A huge meal without any leafy greens, Thanksgiving or not, just feels off to me. Because I already wanted to create my dish or claim to fame for the annual feast, I volunteered to make “creamed kale”…whatever that meant. I knew I could sell the group with anything including ‘cream’ and thought it’d be easy to figure out the rest. However, when my sister requested that it be dairy-free, my easy-peasy (aka cheesy) plans went out the window. So to make it “kreamy” (sans dairy) I decided to use tahini for the texture and topped it with gluten-free breadcrumbs to give it that French’s Fried Onion effect.

Faking-it-til-I-made-it, a huge bunch of kale, tahini, and GF bread turned out to be a winning combo that I was proud to place next to the veteran turnips, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and the alike. And because it was such a hit, I had to share so you too, could sneak kale onto a traditional Thanksgiving table.

Kreamed Kale

Ingredients:
1 very large bunch of kale
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
2 pieces of bread (gluten-free or regular)
Optional: 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast to top with bread crumbs

Directions:
Wash, de-stem, and rip kale into small pieces. Steam kale in a large pot until tender and just cooked through (not soggy). Toast sesame seeds dry in a frying pan over medium heat constantly tossing to prevent burning. Place aside. Sauté garlic in a little olive oil over medium heat then add to a bowl with the tahini, olive oil, balsamic, salt, and sesame seeds. Mix thoroughly to make your sauce!
In a large 13 x 9ish size baking pan, mix the kale with the sauce to coat all leaves. Then pat down kale with a fork to make it more cassarole-esque. Toast your 2 pieces of bread and chop finely. Sprinkle over kale with nutritional yeast and pop into a 350-degree oven for 20 min. Finish off under the broiler if your bread crumbs didn’t crisp up enough. Now rest easy my health-seeking friend; a leafy green is next to your turkey and the traditional crew is showing it mad love.

Posted on March 12, 2015 and filed under vegetarian, vegan, side dish, holiday, Thanksgiving.