Coconut Creamed Kale
These are not your typical creamed greens: Here, curly kale, rich coconut milk, curry powder and chile sauce are tossed together, then baked. The result is two textures in one: creamy on the bottom and crunchy (like a kale chip) on top. Crisp coconut flakes bring even more texture. Serve the greens with plenty of the curry coconut sauce spooned over. Pair them with rice, chewy noodles, roasted squash or red lentils, or alongside white fish or shrimp.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2(13-ounce) cans full-fat coconut milk
- 2tablespoons Madras curry powder
- 1(2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1teaspoon sambal oelek or Sriracha
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2large bunches curly kale (about 1 pound), stems removed, leaves torn into 3-inch pieces
- ½cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a 3-quart/9-by-13-inch baking pan, use a fork to stir together the coconut milk, curry powder, ginger and sambal oelek. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a generous grind of black pepper.
Step 2Add half the kale and use your hands to toss to coat. Add the remaining kale, season with salt and pepper, and massage with your hands so that the volume decreases a bit, and the kale no longer extends above the pan’s edge. Toss just once or twice so some of the kale is coated in sauce.
Step 3Bake for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with coconut flakes, then continue to bake until the sauce has thickened and the kale on top is crisp, another 10 to 15 minutes, keeping an eye on the coconut flakes to avoid burning. Serve warm.