Garlic Kale Mashed Potatoes

It’s official: I have jumped on the kale bandwagon. After hearing everyone and their mother rave about “this delicious kale salad they had” and” those yummy kale chips they made,” I had to try it out for myself. Luckily, our produce box for the week contained one large, fresh bunch of kale. Because kale is so chock-full of vitamins and nutrients, I wanted to make something with it that I thought my daughter would actually eat. Enter garlic kale mashed potatoes. I figured she would eat it right up if it was mixed in with mashed potatoes, and I was right! Kale experiment #1 was a resounding success!

Garlic Kale Mashed Potatoes

2 lbs red potatoes

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups finely chopped kale

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup sour cream

3 tbsp Parmesan cheese

3 tbsp butter

salt and pepper (to taste)

 

Wash and quarter the potatoes, but leave the skin on. Boil until tender (about 15-20 minutes) and then drain, holding aside a cup of the potato water in case you need it later to thin out the mashed potatoes. Mash the potatoes and set to the side. Meanwhile, wash, de-stem, and chop the kale. Heat oil over medium heat and add minced garlic. Sauté garlic for a few minutes and then add the kale. Cook until the kale is completely wilted and then remove from heat. Add the milk, sour cream, butter, cheese, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes and stir well. Slowly incorporate the kale until everything is well mixed. If you like creamier potatoes, you can thin them out with more milk, a touch of heavy cream, or the potato water you set aside previously, whichever you prefer.

 

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