Kale and herb dumplings in broth


Prep time10 minutes
Cooking time35 minutes
Total time45 minutes


Kale is so versatile-tuck into this delcicious dish on a stormy evening or snuggle up at the end of a long weekend. 


1 1⁄2 l
Vegetable stock
lemon (zest finely grated, to get ½ tsp, and juiced, to get 1 tsp)
10 g
Spring onions
garlic clove (peeled and crushed)
small banana shallot
300 kg
kale ( thick stems discarded, leaves and thinner stems roughly chopped (150g net weight) , peeled and quartered lengthways)
5 g
5 g
Tarragon leaves
80 g
1 t
ground nutmeg
60 g
fresh sourdough breadcrumbs
30 g
Plain flour
2 T
olive oil


  1. In a large saucepan for which you have a lid, bring the stock and three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt to a boil. Turn the heat to medium-high, then blanch the kale for four minutes, until soft. Drain the kale in a sieve set over a bowl until cool enough to handle, then squeeze with your hands to get rid of any liquid. Return the liquid to the stock pot.
  2. While the kale is cooling, add the shallot, spring onions and garlic to the stock, simmer on a medium-high heat for 15 minutes, then discard the shallot and spring onions, and turn off the heat.
  3. Finely chop the kale and put it in a bowl with the lemon zest and juice, herbs, both cheeses, the nutmeg, egg, breadcrumbs, a third of a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper, and stir to combine.
  4. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Spread the flour on a large plate. Roll the kale mixture into 12 balls weighing about 30g each (dip your hands in water from time to time, to prevent sticking). The balls should be quite compact, so roll them tightly, and put them on the tray as you go. Next, roll each ball in the flour a couple of times, applying pressure so they’re very well coated.
  5. Return the stock to a medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to medium, gently lower in the dumplings, cover and cook for four to five minutes, until they swell and float to the top.
  6. Divide the broth and dumplings between four bowls, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, drizzle over the oil and serve piping hot.