Kale Kugel

This is based on the Spinach Kugel recipe in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, which is one of my favorite fall recipes. However, I needed to modify it to work without wheat or cow’s milk, and kale was in season at the farmer’s market, so here’s what I did. I think it would be just as good with spinach. I usually serve it with Tsimmes (recipe from the same source). It would also make a good brunch or potluck dish.

1 large bunch kale (or 2 lbs. fresh spinach)
4 oz. soft goat cheese
1 lb. goat’s milk ricotta (I make it without the butter)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs, divided
1/2 tsp nutmeg (or more, if desired)
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cut stems off kale and cut down the leaves. Cook over low heat (adding a tiny amount of water if needed) until slightly wilted (kale doesn’t wilt as much as spinach). Remove from heat and stir in the soft goat cheese until it melts. Stir in spices, 3/4 cup of the bread crumbs, the ricotta, and the eggs. Put into a greased 9×13 glass baking dish. Top with the remaining bread crumbs. Sprinkle with paprika and cover with foil.

Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for 10 minutes more.

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