Panade

April 13, 2009

Panade

Lorraine Glazar, Tucson CSA

4 servings

1 ½ pounds onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil (divided use)
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh
6 cloves garlic, slivered
1 pound kale or chard, stemmed and cut into wide ribbons
10 ounces stale, hard peasant type bread, torn or cut into one inch chunks
2 cups cheese, shredded
3-4 cups vegetable stock

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan and slowly cook the onion until translucent and tender. Sprinkle with thyme while cooking and add salt and pepper. Remove the onions and add one more tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the greens and the garlic and a sprinkle or two of salt and cook for three or four minutes, just until the greens soften a bit.

In a 2 quart casserole with a lid, or a Dutch oven, begin layering the panade: first the onions, then a loose layer of bread cubes, then greens, and top with cheese. Continue this way until the ingredients are all used.

Bring the vegetable stock to a simmer and add salt to taste. Add stock to the casserole up to 1 ½ inches below the rim of the dish (you can go a bit higher in a shallower casserole dish). Cover and bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until it is hot and bubbly and slightly brown around the edges. Then increase heat to 375, remove lid, and bake for 10-20 minutes or until top is evenly brown.

Note: If the bread you have on hand is not hard, you may bake it in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes to dry it out. Most any greens or combination of them will work with this recipe with the exception of spinach (for some reason, it got slimy in the baking process).

A delectable summer variation of this recipe is to substitute sliced raw tomatoes and torn basil leaves for the greens.

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