Kale and herb dumplings in broth

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1½ litres vegetable stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

300g kale, thick stems discarded, leaves and thinner stems roughly chopped (150g net weight)

1 small banana shallot, peeled and quartered lengthways

2 spring onions, quartered

½ garlic clove, peeled and crushed

1 lemon – zest finely grated, to get ½ tsp, and juiced, to get 1 tsp

10g dill, finely chopped

5g chives, finely chopped

5g tarragon leaves, finely chopped

80g ricotta

60g feta, roughly broken into 2cm pieces

⅛ tsp ground nutmeg

1 egg, beaten

60g fresh sourdough breadcrumbs (about 2 slices, crusts removed)

30g plain flour

2 tbsp olive oil, to serve


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Divide the broth and dumplings between four bowls, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, drizzle over the oil and serve piping hot.

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