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Creamed Kale

An old fashioned, but favorite, side dish in our family is creamed spinach.  You don't see it very often on restaurant menus these days, unless you are dining at a steak house.  We don't have it very often on our home menu either, primarily because of the heavy cream in the recipe, but every once in a while it will sneak in. 

Yummy Creamed Kale
This week I got the urge to make creamed spinach...but not creamed spinach.  I had a couple of bunches of kale in the refrigerator and thought they might be a good substitute for the spinach in my creamed spinach recipe.  I was right.  Creamed kale is delicious and the kale has a bit more structure to it.  That's a texture difference we really liked in this dish.

There were thumbs up all around the Just One Donna dinner table for this creamed kale recipe.  Try it.  You'll like it.

Creamed Kale
Creamed Kale Igredients
Serves 4 as a side dish

  • 2 bunches of kale, center stem removed, leaves cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Wash, trim and chop the kale.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add a tablespoon of salt to the water.  Add the kale, bring the water back to a boil, cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Cook until the kale is tender, about 10 minutes.

Blanch the Kale in Salted Water

Drain the kale and place in a paper towel lined bowl.  You'll want to absorb as much water as possible from the kale with the paper towel.  Set aside.

Absorb the Water from the Kale

Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic, cooking until soft and tender, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream, milk, nutmeg, kale, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until the cream thickens, about 10-15 minutes. 

Be Sure to Let the Cream Thicken

Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve warm.

Creamed Kale

I know you'll love this side dish.  You can get the printable Creamed Kale recipe by clicking the link.



  1. Great adaptation of a family favorite. I have a bunch of kale sitting in my fridge, needing to be used this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.


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