Friday, February 25, 2011

Kale and Potatoes au Gratin

This is a great way to sneak some greens into your diet!
Kale and Potatoes au Gratin
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
8 strips bacon
1 c. chopped onions
16 oz. kale, stems removed
6-8 medium potatoes (russett, red, gold) sliced 1/4" thick
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 400.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Str in flour until a paste forms.
Slowly whisk in milk; bring to a simmer.
Add 1 1/4 c. cheese and stir until cheese is melted.

In a frying pan, cook bacon until crisp; drain and crumble.
Add onions to bacon drippings and saute over medium heat until tender.
Chop kale leaves roughly and add to pot; saute for 30 seconds.

Layer half of the potatoes in a 9x13" dish, adn season with half of salt and pepper.
Add half of the kale and onions.
Reserve 2 Tbsp. of the bacon; sprinkle half of the remaining amount over kale.
Repeat layering.
Pour cheese sauce over everything.

Bake for 40-50 minutes.
Top with remaining cheese and bacon; bake for 5-10 minutes, or until browned.
Makes 8 servings.

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