Creamy Ricotta & Lacinato Kale Strata with Apple & Endive Salad

Creamy Ricotta & Lacinato Kale Strata

with Apple & Endive Salad

40 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

It doesn’t get much more satisfying than strata—a type of casserole that marries cubes of bread with eggs, cheese and milk, for a deliciously moist bite similar to that of a savory bread pudding. In this recipe, we’re adding lacinato kale sautéed with red chile flakes, for a layer of earthiness (and a touch of heat) to balance the richness of ricotta. A cold-weather salad of apple, endive and almonds rounds it all out with refreshing crunch.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    730 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Large dice the bread. Peel and mince the garlic. Remove and discard the kale stems; finely chop the leaves. Cut off and discard the root end of the endive; halve lengthwise and separate the leaves. Thinly slice the chives. Roughly chop the almonds. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Core and thinly slice the apple. Place in a bowl and top with the juice of 1 lemon wedge to prevent browning.

Cook the kale:
2 Cook the kale:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, kale and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale is slightly wilted. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of 1 lemon wedge. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Start the strata:
3 Start the strata:

Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add the cooked kale, bread, cheese and half the milk (you will have extra milk); season with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine.

Bake the strata:
4 Bake the strata:

Transfer the strata mixture to a baking dish. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes before serving.

Make the salad:
5 Make the salad:

Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine the endive, apple, almonds, half the chives, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to thoroughly combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:

Garnish the baked strata with the remaining chives. Divide between 2 dishes. Serve with the salad on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Large dice the bread. Peel and mince the garlic. Remove and discard the kale stems; finely chop the leaves. Cut off and discard the root end of the endive; halve lengthwise and separate the leaves. Thinly slice the chives. Roughly chop the almonds. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Core and thinly slice the apple. Place in a bowl and top with the juice of 1 lemon wedge to prevent browning.

2 Cook the kale:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, kale and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale is slightly wilted. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of 1 lemon wedge. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the kale:
Start the strata:
3 Start the strata:

Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add the cooked kale, bread, cheese and half the milk (you will have extra milk); season with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine.

4 Bake the strata:

Transfer the strata mixture to a baking dish. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes before serving.

Bake the strata:
Make the salad:
5 Make the salad:

Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine the endive, apple, almonds, half the chives, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to thoroughly combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Plate your dish:

Garnish the baked strata with the remaining chives. Divide between 2 dishes. Serve with the salad on the side. Enjoy!

Plate your dish:
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