A twist on a classic holiday dish, this green bean casserole alternative uses kale instead of green beans. When utilizing raw cream from grass-fed cows, you’re also getting all the fat-soluble vitamins contained in this nutrient-dense food, like vitamin A and vitamin K2. If you have a sensitivity to dairy, substitute full-fat coconut milk instead.
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- 1 lb. kale, ribs removed and chopped
- 2 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil
- 8 oz. mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 1 cup raw cream or full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely sliced with a knife or mandolin
- 1/4 cup ghee or coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Celtic sea salt, to taste
Mushroom cream sauce –
- Set oven to 350°.
- Grease casserole dish with ghee or coconut oil. Set aside.
- Melt ghee or coconut oil in a medium-sized pan.
- Add the mushrooms, garlic, and diced onion. Cook gently over medium-low heat until mushrooms and onion begin to brown.
- Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool down. Add components to a food processor and pulse into a paste.
- Scrape from food processor and place paste into the sauté pan with cream or coconut milk. Add pepper and salt to taste.
- Cook and reduce, for about five minutes. Pour into casserole dish.
- Set a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Set up a large bowl full of ice water.
- Place the kale into the boiling water. Cook until it’s almost cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove kale and place into the ice water, which allows the kale to retain its bright color.
- Once the kale is cool enough, squeeze out as much water as possible or spin in a salad spinner.
- Place the completely dried kale into a casserole dish.
- Mix kale and cream sauce together.
- Place into oven. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes, until the sauce begins to bubble.
While casserole is in the oven, fry the onions –
- Melt about 1/4 cup of ghee or coconut oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the sliced onions (a substitute for the fried onions used in the classic green bean casserole recipe).
- Cook until golden brown.