Baked Kale and Rice
This is a great Vegetarian main course. You can add chicken if you are not a vegetarian or use it as a side dish.
washed and trimmed
Salt & pepper to taste
You will need more of the baking dish
grated parmesan cheese
fresh grated nutmeg
grated lemon zest
Cook the kale in a large pot of salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Then immediately drop in ice water.
Squeeze dry and chop. Make sure all moisture is removed before you bake.
Using the same cooking water, for flavor, boil the rice for 10 minutes. Drain and spread out to let cool. I use a baking sheet lined with paper towels. When cool, transfer to large a bowl.
Preheat over to 375° and butter a baking dish. Dust baking dish with 2 Tbs. of parmesan.
Melt 2 Tbs. of butter in a small sauce pan and add almonds. stir until golden and add to rice bowl. Season with Salt and pepper lightly.
Add remaining parmesan, ricotta, jarlsberg, nutmeg, lemon zest, thyme an sage to rice. Add chopped kale and toss well. I use my hands to get every thing mixed in well.
Transfer to baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes until browned.