Creamed Kale and Leeks is an updated version of creamed spinach. Great with any entree, such as seared scallops, or use for breakfast topped with poached eggs.
2 bunches kale
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 ounces bacon, diced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced leeks
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Santa Margherita Pinto Grigio, don’t use an oakey Chardonnay, it overpowers the dish
2 cups heavy cream
1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Fill a large saucepan (7-quart) with cold water and salt and bring to a boil.
Have a strainer ready to drain the parboiled kale.
Fill a very large bowl with water and a couple of handfuls of ice cubes.
Destem, coarsely chop, and thoroughly wash the kale. See our blog on How to Clean and Parboil Kale for more details.
Place 1/3 of the kale in the boiling water, stir completely submerge the leaves. Add another third, stir, and then the final third. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
Drain the kale and then immediately plunge it into the cold-water bath. Stir a couple of times to make sure all the leaves are free. Remove any ice cubes and drain the kale again.
Scoop up a handful of kale and squeeze to remove excess moisture. Repeat until all the kale in the strainer is gone.
Place the bacon in a cold large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is slightly crisp. Remove the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
Add the butter and oil to the skillet and once it foams, stir in the leeks and salt, lower the heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are very soft. Lower the heat if the leeks are browning.
Add the wine, bring to a boil and reduce until almost evaporated.
Stir in the cream, mustard, and pepper. Once blended, add the kale, breaking up the bunches to fill the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, a little longer if the kale had too much moisture and the sauce in runny.
Serve as a scrumptious side. Another idea is to poach some eggs and serve on top of the creamed kale and leeks.
Use slab bacon if you can find it.
Keywords: Kale, leeks, creamy side dish, side dish, vegetarian, gluten-free