Crispy Kale Caesar

Doesn’t food taste so much better when it’s pretty? This curly kale caesar kept making bedroom eyes at me with its adorable little curves and crannies that were just begging to be filled with a smoky, tangy caesar dressing and delicately topped with fresh parmesan curls. Placing this delicacy underneath the hot broiler was the least I could do and in return, it gave me a perfectly charred, slightly salty, cheesy appetizer with no fuss. Kale is perfect for this recipe because it holds up while being broiled. Romaine would have been nice too, but would need a different approach when preparing, such as cut into quarters instead of separating the individual leaves. I like to add a light sprinkling of smoked paprika to my dressing for an extra flavor element. We loved this “salad” as an introduction to our pizza dinner and cannot wait to give it another go! A fun little hint: instead of broiling your kale, you could also grill it after brushing it with the dressing. ‘Tis the season!

Look at those webs of cheese!


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Crispy Kale Caesar

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Turn broiler on High.

  2. In a blender, combine egg yolks, anchovy fillets, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, paprika, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Pulse until completely smooth and taste for seasoning.

  3. Trim long stems off of the kale and place individual kale leaves on a large baking sheet, curly side facing up.

  4. Liberally brush the dressing on each kale leaf, add another pinch of salt and pepper, and top with cheese. You can use as much or little as you want.

  5. Place under broiler until cheese melts and the kale starts to char, 1-2 minutes. The kale will burn fast so don’t walk away!

  6. Remove from oven and serve! Kale stems are tough to eat so enjoy the kale with a fork and knife! Make sure there is plenty of freshly ground black pepper!


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