Friday, June 1, 2012

Kale Fritters with Smoked Paprika Aioli

Not too sure about kale? Never had the stuff? Myself, I am HOOKED.

Last Spring we grew our own kale from April thru June and this year, we chose to join our Community Supported Agriculture program, by participating in our local Whipstone Farms
produce share program from May until October. The local, organic kale that they supply us with (among other produce) has been fresh and wonderful. Working with Whipstone has been a very wise decision,too, when one factors in our rather challenged well.

In this recipe, healthy, gluten free kale fritters with sweet potato and bacon create a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner offering... or a main dish with a salad for a vegan.

One of the best uses of kale that I have found...

3-4 cups of kale, ribbed and chiffonaded (finely shredded)*
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, baked and mashed
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup low fat GF mayonnaise
¼ cup GF flour blend or cornmeal
½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
6 slices of bacon, fried and coarsely chopped
¼ cup green onions, sliced (green part only)
Cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
 ¼ cup olive oil (or less) for frying

Toss all the ingredients together until well mixed. Spoon large scoops into a saute pan and fry until crisp, but not burned; about 5 minutes per side.

Notes: *You may prefer to saute' the kale for a couple of minutes in some of the bacon grease, before folding into the remaining ingredients. You can purchase the kale in a bag and already shredded.

Smoked Paprika Aioli
Aioli is a fancy word for mayonnaise; in this case seasoned with smoked paprika.

2 large cloves garlic, smashed
½ cup mayonnaise
1-2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. fresh lemon juice, more to taste
Salt and black pepper

Put the garlic in a small saucepan and sauté with a little olive oil. Allow to cool. Whirl the garlic in a small food processor with the remaining ingredients and serve with the fritters.

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