Boiled Kale with Fried Eggs and Toast

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I was recently the recipient of two gorgeous bunches of organic Lacinato kale from SunCoast Organics.  You might know it as dinosaur kale, Tuscan kale or cavolo nero.  It’s the kind that has long, dark, embossed, plume-like leaves as opposed to its curly-leafed cousins.  Lacinato kale has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale, and is lovely in soups, stews or even salads.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy kale is in Caldo Verde, a Portuguese soup made with greens, potatoes and smoky chouriço sausage.  It’s a hearty, rustic dish that I make often.  But for this kale, I wanted to try something new.  I found the perfect recipe on Molly’s site, and I ran with it.

Boiled Kale with a Fried Egg and Toast is the simplest of simple dishes, yet it is so incredibly delicious.  It’s just kale, simmered in chicken stock with onions, and served on toast with a luscious, gooey, runny fried egg on top. If you’re feeling really daring like I was, you can also fry up some bacon to toss in the mix.  No fancy bells and whistles here.  Yet, once I began thinking about this guileless little dish, I couldn’t stop!


The first thing you have to do is prepare the kale, by trimming off the tough stems, rinsing it like crazy and cutting it into ribbons.


Next, you sauté some onions and wilt the kale.   Then, add chicken or vegetable stock and simmer it all, slowly, until the kale is soft and tender.  I forgot to take a picture of this part.  I guess I was too excited about the impending bacon fry.

Everything’s better with bacon – especially fried eggs.  They’ve been going steady for years.


Where there’s bacon, there’s bacon fat.  Slide a few farm fresh eggs right down into some.  If you don’t use bacon, just fry the eggs in good old olive oil.


Plop a nice, thick slice of toasted bread in a bowl, ladle on some kale, toss on a little bacon and top with one of those pretty fried eggs – or two.  I sprinkled some shredded Parmesan on top of mine too.

Oh, baby! It just doesn’t get much better than this, people!  Come on – be honest. Could you resist this?



13 responses to Boiled Kale with Fried Eggs and Toast

  1. On August 19, 2010 at 1:46pm, Eliana said...

    What an all around glorious looking dish. I love it.

  2. On August 19, 2010 at 4:03pm, nina said...

    Does a fried egg not make any food look good? For me the star has to be the egg, but overall, this is a meal that would get my attention!!

  3. On August 19, 2010 at 4:17pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Lovely simple dish. I love how the bacon peeks through so tantalizingly!

  4. On August 19, 2010 at 4:39pm, Rosa said...

    That looks so delicious! Very healthy and comforting.



  5. On August 19, 2010 at 8:30pm, jeanne dyson said...

    Your photos are the BEST!! I know it’s simple, but it looks so “gourmet” and like something we had at Dom Sebastiano in Portugal..Caldo Verde is one of our favorite soups too, I think my husband’s favorite!! Try it with sweet potatoes sometime, different, but really good too!!

  6. On August 19, 2010 at 11:55pm, Betty said...

    I definitely could not resist that! That kale is gorgeous, and the egg on top is too!

  7. On August 20, 2010 at 12:47pm, momgateway said...

    looks so fancy but home cooking at it’s best…and it’s healthy!

  8. On August 20, 2010 at 4:08pm, 5 Star Foodie said...

    Such a yummy kale dish, wonderful with fried egg & bacon!

  9. On August 21, 2010 at 9:51am, Joan Nova said...

    Nope. Not me. I couldn’t resist. :)

  10. On August 21, 2010 at 3:08pm, Jessica said...

    Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about! Seriously, this looks so tasty and I love the simplicity of it. Yum!

  11. On August 21, 2010 at 9:43pm, Cooking Gallery said...

    The fried egg looks so tasty…! I love sunny side up on top of a toast!

  12. On August 24, 2010 at 6:27pm, Gratefully Gluten Free said...

    O.K., I am going to be honest… I have never had kale! I had no idea what to expect but this was fantastic! I had heard kale can be bitter but this dish was fabulous and so simple. I am gluten free so I used some homemade gluten free bread with sorghum that I had just taken out of the bread machine, toasted it and the rest is history baby! Thanks so much for introducing me to something new and simple :)

  13. On August 31, 2010 at 5:57pm, Kate @ savour fare said...

    This looks to me like a perfect weeknight supper dish, but then I’m a kale fanatic. It was so lovely to see you again at IFBC — I wish we could have had longer to chat.

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