Braised Kale and Chickpea Sandwich with Sumac Onions

Braised Kale and Chickpea Sandwich with Sumac Onions

A messy sandwich 

From our friends at Serious Eats

A messy sandwich of braised kale and chickpeas
topped with sumac onions is a hearty, filling, and delicious combo.


YIELD: makes 4 sandwiches

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour



For the Sumac Onions:

1 small red onion, thinly sliced by hand or on a
mandoline (the thinner the better)

1 teaspoon dried ground sumac berries

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Kosher salt

For the Kale and Chickpeas

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 bunch kale, stiff stalks discarded, roughly
shredded by hand (about 1 pound)

1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, with their liquid

Freshly ground black pepper

To Assemble:

4 slices pizza bianca or other sandwich bread,
split and lightly toasted

 to taste



Place onions in a medium bowl and cover with
cold water. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Rinse in several changes of water
then carefully dry with a salad spinner lined with paper towels. Combine onions
with sumac and sesame seeds. Season to taste with salt. Set aside while
braising kale.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or
straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add garlic and
pepper flakes and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add kale leaves and stir to coat with oil. Cook until lightly wilted, about 1
minute. Add chickpeas and their liquid. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until
kale is fully tender and liquid has reduced to a thick saucelike consistency,
about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To Assemble Sandwiches: Divide braised
kale and chickpeas evenly amongst four sandwiches. Top with sumac onions and
vegan mayonnaise. Serve warm.

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