2.17.2014

slow-cooked kale, pancetta, breadcrumbs + poached egg

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  2

breadcrumbs ingredients:
2 cups bread cubes from fresh or day-old loaf
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt

kale ingredients:
2- 3 ounces pancetta - diced into small cubes
1 pound kale - center ribs and stems removed
salt
1 sprig rosemary
1 chile de arbol
1 cup yellow onions - sliced
2 garlic cloves - mined
2 eggs
splash of vinegar
pepper
olive oil

breadcrumbs steps:
1.  place bread in a food processor and pulse until crumbs are coarse.  toast crumbs in olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, tossing frequently, for about 5 minutes or until crumbs are crunchy and golden brown.  season with a pinch of salt an let cool on a paper towel-lined plate.

kale steps:
1.  bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.  add 1 tablespoon salt.  working in batches, blanch kale for 2 minutes.  drain, let cool, and squeeze out excess water with your hands.  coarsely chop.  set aside.

2.  place the pancetta in a large saute pan over low heat and cook covered for 15 minutes.  remove cover and cook for about 5 minutes more or until the fat has rendered and the pancetta is crisp.  remove pancetta with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.  set aside.

3.  add 3 tablespoons olive oil to the pan with the pancetta fat and place over medium heat.  add the rosemary sprig and chile and let sizzle, shaking pan every so often, for about a minute.  reduce heat to medium-low and add onion.  season with 1/32 teaspoon salt.  cook for 2 minutes, then add the garlic.  continue cooking stirring every so often until onion is soft and starting to brown, about 5 - 7 minutes.  discard rosemary and chile.  add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and kale, stir to coat.  season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring every 5 - 10 minutes, until kale turns almost black and is slightly crisp at edges, about 30 minutes total.

4.  bring a small shallow saucepan to a simmer.  crack each egg into a small bowl or ramekin.  sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of vinegar into the pot of water.  when the kale has cooked for about 25 minutes, adjust the heat of the water so that it's barely simmering.  use the handle of the wooden spoon to make a whirlpool in the water, then drop one egg into the center of the whirlpool.  repeat with the other egg.  adjust the heat to keep the water just below a simmer.  set the timer for 3 minutes.  using the slotted spoon, lift one egg up from the water and shake it.  the yolk should jiggle a little bit, but shouldn't look too loose.  when the eggs are cooked to your liking, remove each one with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

5.  When the kale has finished cooking, stir in 1/4 breadcrumbs and the pancetta.  taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.  divide the kale mixture between two bowls.  top each with an egg.  season with salt and pepper.

- goop, february 2014

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