Tuscan Kale Soufflé with Leeks and Comte Cheese
6 whole eggs, separated
6 tablespoons unsalted butter + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter to prepare the soufflé dish
1/4 cup toasted breadcrumbs, crumbled fine
4 cups Tuscan kale leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, sliced thin
1 sweet onion, fine dice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, fine chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 cup shredded Comte cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Grease a 3-quart casserole dish with butter and dust with fine breadcrumbs. Set aside.
Heat a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add all of the torn kale to the skillet, and 1 cup chicken stock. Cover the skillet, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the kale is wilted. Once the kale is wilted and all of the water has been absorbed, remove the kale from the skillet and set aside.
In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a roux. While whisking constantly, add the milk. Continue to whisk constantly, until the sauce starts to boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in Comte and Parmesan cheeses. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding the egg yolks, one at a time. Season sauce with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and the nutmeg.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until the onions are beginning to turn translucent and the leeks are starting to soften. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in kale and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Season to taste with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Using a spatula, fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the spinach mixture.
Then, add the spinach mixture back into the remaining whites and gently fold, until well incorporated.
Spoon into prepared dish and bake in the center of the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes.
SUBSTITUTES FOR COMTÉ
When looking for a stand-in with an equal sense of elegance and ubiquity in taste, cheeses that offer qualities of their own provide the best results.
Within the realm of cheese aged in caves, Gruyère strongly resembles Comté. Almost identical in both texture and taste, it presents stronger tones of butter and hazelnut. As a substitute for Comté, you will fair no better than the Swiss Gruyère.
For a different take, Fontina proves a worthy replacement for Comté. It also boasts mild tones of browned butter and roasted nuts, with a dense texture ideal for melting.
Spicy, Garlic-Braised Kale, Carrot and Corn Medley
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 6 servings
1 tablespoon dry sherry
2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeno pepper
1.5 cups carrots, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips, halved
1.5 cups corn, fresh or frozen
2 cups fresh kale, cut spine from each leaf, chopped
Heat oil in large skillet or wok on medium-high heat and add ginger, garlic and jalapeno. Saute for 1 minute. Add carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and corn, maple syrup and salt cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Add kale and cook for approximately 45 seconds or until slightly wilted, drizzling in sherry, soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve immediately.
Kale, Apple & Carrot Salad
Total Time: 11 minutes
Makes 5-6 cups
2 cups finely chopped raw kale (cut into fine ribbons)
2 sweet apples, julienned
2 heaping cups julienned carrots
3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of pepper (or to taste)
In a mixing bowl, toss kale, apples and carrots together. Set aside.
In a small jar pour vinegar, oil, honey and salt and pepper. Seal lid on the jar and shake vigorously to combine.
Pour dressing on top of salad and either gently toss or massage into mixture with hands.
Apple, Carrot and Pear Crisp
1 tsp. butter ¾ cup carrot, shredded 2 tsp. cinnamon, divided 2 pears, sliced 2 apples, sliced ½ cup mascavo sugar 1 tbsp. flour
Topping: ½ cup oats ¾ cup mascavo sugar ¾ cup whole wheat flour ¼ cup walnuts, chopped ¼ tsp baking soda ½ cup butter
Heat the butter in a skillet and add the shredded carrot. Stir in 1 tsp. of cinnamon and cook the carrots for about five minutes. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the pears, apples, sugar, flour and the remaining 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Mix well to coat the fruit. Into a greased baking dish, layer the apples and pears with the carrots, filling the dish.
In a smaller bowl mix the topping ingredients except for the butter. Cut the butter into the mixture and combine with a with a fork or pastry blender until the butter is evenly distributed. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until crisp on top and bubbly.
Crispy Fish with Tomato and Leek Sauté
Hands-On Time 25 Mins
Total Time 25 Mins
Yield Serves 4
1 slice white bread, torn into pieces
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 6-ounce pieces tilapia or striped bass fillet
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 leeks (white and light green parts), cut into half-moons
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
kosher salt and black pepper
How to Make It
Heat oven to 400° F. In a food processor, pulse the bread, rosemary, and 1 tablespoon of the oil until coarse crumbs form.
Place the fish on a baking sheet. Spread the mustard on top and sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Bake until the fish is opaque throughout, 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, garlic, and 1/2 cup water. Cook until tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated, 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve with the fish.
Roasted Beets, Leeks and Eggplant
yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 35 MINUTES
total time: 45 MINUTES
1 bunch leeks, halved, washed well and cut into 2" chunks
1 bunch beets, washed and cut into 1" chunks
1 eggplant, cut into 1" chunks
6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil (or heavy duty aluminum foil spayed with cooking oil spray).
Combine the leeks, beets, eggplant and garlic on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir well.
Bake for 25 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and stir well. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.