A twist on the classic, Creamy Kale is a luscious side dish to serve on the holiday table or for an at-home date night. Easy to make and calling for simple ingredients, this kale recipe is comforting and delicious. Makes 4 servings.
Whether you want to add greens to your holiday table or you’re wanting to make a steakhouse-inspired date night at home, these creamy greens are exactly what you want on your menu.
In fact, this recipe is inspired by a steakhouse favorite of mine: Creamed Spinach.
I could inhale an entire helping of it in one sitting without a problem (and love twists on it, like Spinach Madeline)… but today, I wanted to present something a little different.
Why I love this recipe:
Kale is such a popular green in the fall and winter months because it’s being harvested. Goodness knows that we receive a ton of it with our CSA these days.
This Creamy Kale recipe is remniscent of the steakhouse creamed spinach, but it’s heartier since kale is a heartier green than spinach… yet it’s still utterly decadent.
The best part about this dish is that it’s a total and utter treat, but it cooks up quickly and easily, so it’s done and on the table in 30 minutes or less. Also, it can be dressed up to be a part of a Thanksgiving dinner or be a decadent side dish to go alongside a weeknight meal… your choice!
Other fall side dishes that we can’t get enough of: Creamed Cornbread Casserole | Lemon Pepper Green Beans | Garlicky Spaghetti Squash | Cranberry Feta Brussels Sprout Salad with Candied Pecans and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette | Honey Roasted Whole Carrots
Looking for another side dish or more inspiration? Check out my Side Dish Recipe Index to find that and more!
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- A well-made skillet: I love my Le Creuset Nonstick 12” Shallow Fry Pan for this dish. The 12” Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan works well, too.
- Get the look!: Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Inch Omelette Fry Pan. Beaded Serving Spoon. (Similar here.)
How to make this Creamy Kale recipe
First and foremost, you need to remove the stems of your kale. You can do this with a sharp knife, cutting them out carefully, or you can use your hands to remove them.
If you use your hands, start at the bottom of the leaf. Wrap your hand around the kale and gently pull upwards, effectively pulling the green from the stem.
Next, chop the kale into small ribbons. Chop that onion and garlic, too!
In a large skillet, add the olive oil, and heat it up. Once it’s hot, add the onion and garlic, and cook ’em until they’re translucent. This shouldn’t take more than 3 or so minutes.
Next, add the chopped kale to the skillet. Use a spoon or tongs to mix it in with the onion and garlic, and allow it the time to cook down until softened.
When the kale is wilted, pour in the heavy cream and lower the heat of the pan. (We don’t want to curdle the cream!) Stir it into the veggie mixture, and allow the kale to sop it up.
A twist on the classic, Creamy Kale is a luscious side dish to serve on the holiday table or for an at-home date night. Easy to make and calling for simple ingredients, this kale recipe is comforting and delicious.
- 1 large bunch of kale
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Remove the stems of the kale leaves, and chop them into small ribbons with a sharp knife.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.
- When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onion and garlic. Cook the onion and garlic until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chopped kale to the skillet, mixing it into the onions and garlic.
- Let the kale cook down until softened, about 5-8 minutes. This will take a little longer than if you were doing this with spinach, as kale is a heartier green.
- When the kale is wilted, pour the heavy cream into the skillet. Stir it into the kale and other ingredients. Then immediately lower the heat so the cream doesn’t curdle.
- Cook until the cream soaks into the kale.
- Serve warm, and enjoy immediately after the dish is cooked through.
This is a twist on a classic recipe involving spinach. It takes a little longer to cook because kale is a heartier green.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.