Looking for an easy, yet delicious, dinner idea? Try this Cheesy Creamed Kale recipe! It’s perfect for home cooks of all skill levels, and it’ll please even the pickiest of eaters. Plus, it’s a great way to get your family to eat their greens. So give this recipe a try – you won’t regret it!
If you’ve ever had creamed spinach before, I can guarantee you’ll love this Cheesy Creamed Kale just as much! It’s savory and extra cheesy, easy to make and easy to eat, and goes well as a side dish for just about everything
Creamed kale originally caught my eye over on NYT Cooking and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! It’s basically like a spinach dip appetizer that gets served as a side dish and I am so here for it. Can you even imagine?
The recipe on NYT originally gets made in a slow cooker, but if you’re familiar with my Thanksgiving menu, than you know my slow cooker will be re-heating the mashed potatoes on the big day so I gave this a spin on the stove top… it’s genius.
Let’s talk specifics…
Q: Do you have to blanch the kale for Cheesy Creamed Kale?
A: Nope! It gets cooked over about 30 minutes so need to blanch and take that extra step.
Q: Could you make this with Spinach?
A: You absolutely can! Or you could do it with half spinach and half kale. Or throw in some Swiss chard. Bottom line… it’s great with any hearty leafy green.
Q: Can I use frozen kale?
Yes! But make sure you thaw it out completely and then ring it dry to remove all excess moisture!
PS – are you thinking of putting this Creamed Kale on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!
And if you need more Thanksgiving Ideas check out this roundup of 80+ Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas
Cheesy Creamed Kale
- 3 lbs kale (roughly 3 to 5 large bunches), stems removed and leaves roughly chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temp
- 8 ounces grated fontina cheese (white cheddar also delish)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- In a large bowl, add the kale and 1/2 cup of olive oil and season with salt. Massage the kale for 2-3 minutes so it starts to soften.
- Heat the remaining olive oil in a very large pot or Dutch oven. Add the kale in batches, stirring to wilt until all the kale has been added. Cover the pot and cook on medium-low, stirring every few minutes, until the kale is soft, about 20-30 minutes. Add the balsamic and stir to combine. If the kale starts to brown, reduce heat to low and continue to cook.
- While the kale is cooking, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the panko bread crumbs and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Stir and sauté until the bread crumbs are golden-brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and remove from the heat.
- Add the cream cheese in small pieces and into the kale, while still over low heat. Stir the cream cheese until it's melted into the kale. Add the fontina, lemon juice and heavy cream and combine for about 1 minute until the fontina is melted. Transfer the kale mixture to a serving bowl and sprinkle the toasted panko over the top to serve.