Killer Kale

How do you make kale, a perfectly green and friendly vegetable, into a horrific Halloween prop? Read on.

So I’m sure you’re an expert at making kale chips by now, right? This generation of healthy kiddos will probably one day commiserate about how the moms all banded together and forced their children to enjoy these as a backseat snack, passing them off as junk food just because they were crunchy and salty. Well, recently, I’ve been even sneakier. I’ve taken the kale chips, popped them into the food processor, and created kale dust. I’ve been ‘dusting’ the toddler’s meal with this for weeks – eggs, grilled cheese, pasta, anything!  So, when we had to come up with a ‘spooky’ appetizer for a Halloween party and we inventoried the pantry, this is what we came up with:

Don’t be scared. Enjoy your kale dust any way you please.

Cemetery Bruschetta

2 cups dried white beans, soaked overnight
2 bay leaves
2 cloves of garlic
5 whole black peppercorns
1 white or yellow onion, peeled and halved
salt and pepper to taste
kale dust
1 recipe focaccia bread (Do not top with herbs or salt.)

  1. Rinse and drain beans. Simmer for about an hour and a half covered on low with the bay leaves, garlic, onion halves, and peppercorns.
  2. Remove beans with skimmer and add salt and pepper.
  3. Puree in food processor until smooth.
  4. Spread on a rectangular plate.
  5. Coerce your loved one into carving tombstones out of focaccia bread.
  6. Stand tombstones in bean puree. Dust with kale.

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