Creamed Kale Gratin

Reserve some of the leek mixture and toast the additional seeds for a second topper.

Creamed Kale Gratin in white casserole dish on yellow background
Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • ½ cup butter

  • cup panko bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 2 16 ounce bags chopped kale

  • 4 large leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)


  1. Melt 2 Tbsp. of the butter. In a small bowl combine next three ingredients (through sesame seeds); drizzle with melted butter and toss to coat.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a 3-qt. baking dish. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

  3. In a 6- to 8-qt. pot bring a large amount of lightly salted water to boiling. Add one bag of kale; cook 2 minutes or until bright green. Using a slotted spoon, transfer kale to bowl filled with ice water. Let stand until chilled. Remove kale and drain well. Repeat with remaining bag of kale.

  4. In same pot melt remaining 6 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add leeks; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds more. Add cream cheese; cook and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in next three ingredients (through nutmeg). Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in Monterey Jack cheese until melted and smooth. Continue cooking and stirring 3 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened. Stir in kale. Season to taste with salt.

  5. Transfer kale mixture to prepared baking dish; sprinkle with panko mixture. Bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

531 Calories
47g Fat
19g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 114.2mg 571%
Calcium 524mg 40%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 618mg 13%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 112.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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