Are you guys sick of Thanksgiving recipes?

Because I have onnnnne more (and my first this year!) to share with you. I wasn’t going to share any Thanksgiving recipes because quite frankly, I’m still in denial that it is in mere days and I hadn’t really thought about it much.  Then I needed to get serious about figuring out what I was going to bring to Thanksgiving this year, so I tried out this kale recipe over the weekend.

It ended up being really good so I had to share it with you. It is the kind of dish that will be perfect all winter long, so if you don’t make it this week, you’ve got a few more months to try it out.

This is a rustic dish made with sauteed kale, shallots and garlic, topped with melty cheese toasty bread. Why has this combination taken so long to enter my life?

Save some leftovers, it is delicious topped with a fried egg! Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.

Baked Kale with Gruyere

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Keywords: bake saute side kale Thanksgiving Hanukkah fall winter


Ingredients (4 servings)

For croutons

  • 1 1/2 cups torn up bread
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

For the Kale

  • 10 oz chopped kale (or 2 bunches)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 3/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • salt & pepper


For croutons

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove crusts from french or white bread.

Tear up into crouton size pieces.

Drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil and bake for about 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.

Set aside.

For Kale

Remove all stems and roughly chop kale.

Heat olive oil in large pan.

Add shallots and garlic and heat until soft, about 3-5 minutes.

Add kale to pan and cook until kale is wilted, about 5-7 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer kale to 8×8 baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and croutons.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and croutons are golden brown.

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14 Comments (Reply )

  1. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    This looks awesome – and not too heavy, even with the cheese! (Cheese doesn’t really ever count as “heavy” in my book, anyway. Let’s be honest) Love the idea of topping it with an egg, too…leftovers are the best. :)


  2. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    this looks so excellent, emily! i hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving with the hubby and family…xoxo


  3. erin
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    This may beat out the roasted Brussels sprouts that I’m making for Thanksgiving (recipe on Wednesday)! YUM!

    And, I KNOW… how – HOW?! – is Thanksgiving on Thursday?! Have a wonderful day with your family :)


    • Emily
      Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

      You too Erin!


  4. luv what you do
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    I am not sick of Thanksgiving recipes. Bring them on!
    This looks fantastic! I wouldn’t have guessed that kale could make such a savory looking dish!


  5. Kristin
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe!


    • Emily
      Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

      How many more days? I’m practically holding my breath, so excited!


  6. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    this sounds so good! i can’t believe thanksgiving is already here. seems so early this year!


  7. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Okay, I’ve already got my veggie recipe for Thanksgiving (Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts), but this kale dish is going on the docket for Christmas. Looks amazing!


  8. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Oooooh my goodness! This looks incredible! Definitely not sick of Thanksgiving recipes…and certainly would never tire of this one! :) Have a great holiday my friend!


  9. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve been really loving kale recently — it has the best flavor and is packed with amazing nutrient power! :) Win-win situation. :)


  10. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    This looks so phenomenal! I was just saying to my mother-in-law how I was concerned that we didn’t have a green vegetable, but no one else seemed to care! I want to make this after this weekend when I get home!


  11. Katherine
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 8:42 pm


  12. Lori
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I’ll take Thanksgiving recipes all year long! I’m finally moving past sauteed kale and kale chips, and need new ideas so great timing! This looks so good and I love the fried egg suggestion.


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