Recipe Box, Krazy Kale!

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kale casserole

When I saw this kale recipe my reaction was, “We are making this tonight!”

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This is one of the craziest recipes I’ve seen, but I went forward with blind faith, and let me just say, it is Crazy good!


Oh and another part of the craziness is how easy it is to prepare


Use a large deep pan, like a lasagna baker and fill it to overflowing with chopped kale.  I bought a bag of prechopped kale

DSC_0003Season liberally with salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg.  Toss the kale with your fingers to distribute the seasonings


Drizzle all over with cream


Top with finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

krazy kale

After baking, the top is crispy crusty and then as you dig down it gets softer and creamier

creamed Kale thepaintedapron.comThe contrast in textures will make your taste buds so happy!

creamy kale

Make sure you get some of the creaminess from the bottom and some of the crispy crunch from the top with for each serving

Krazy Kale 1

Krazy Kale

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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recipe adapted from Renee Erickson, A Boat a Whale and a Walrus

1 large bag of chopped Kale, about 16-20 cups

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

6 oz. finely grated sharp cheddar cheese

fresh nutmeg

kosher salt and pepper

Spray a large deep rectangular baking dish with olive oil spray.  Pile the kale high in the dish.  Season well with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg.  Toss the kale with your fingers to distribute seasoning.  Drizzle cream slowly over the top of the kale, letting it seep down through the leaves.  Sprinkle grated cheddar liberally over the top

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.  Dish should be brown on top and kale soft on the bottom.

Serves 6

Big E, our vegetable eater and official taster, enjoyed it

DSC_0014He gave it a thumbs up!

DSC_0015Krazy Kale 1 thepaintedapron.comIt might not win a beauty contest but you’ve got to try this, it’s Krazy Good!!

P.S.  All that healthy kale offsets the cheese and cream 😋

for another printable version of Krazy Kale click here

NOTE: This recipe is adapted from Lacinato Kale Gratin on  It is from a James Beard nominated Seattle chef and restaurant owner Renee Erickson.  It is found in her cook book,  A Boat a Whale and a Walrus available at here


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5 Responses to “Recipe Box, Krazy Kale!”
  1. Lynn says:

    Wow, a child that eats kale!!! He’s doing better than me! Sounds like a nice hearty side dish:@)

  2. Mary says:

    That does sound like one crazy good recipe Jenna! I love that your foodie son looks for recipes for you and you have a kale-eating grandchild too 🙂

  3. cozinest says:

    I’ve recently tried Kale for the first time and was quite surprised how much I like it! This sounds great!

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