Irish Mashed Potatoes w Kale
4 large potatoes, peeled if you prefer, and diced
5 to 6 Tb butter or margarine
4 leaves of kale
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup milk or half & half, or non-dairy milk alternative such as flax or cashew milk
Cook the potatoes in lightly salted water for about 20 minutes until tender.
Meanwhile, remove the tougher parts of the kale stems and discard them. Chop the kale.
A simple way to soften the kale for your recipe is to put it in a bowl, drain the hot cooking water from your potatoes on top of it, and let it rest for a couple of minutes.
Then drain the kale and it’s ready to add to your potatoes.
Melt the butter in your potato pot and add the green onions. Sauté the green onions in the butter for a couple of minutes until just barely softened. Return the drained potatoes to the pot, add the milk or half & half, and mash the potatoes. Stir in the drained kale, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
The variations on additions are endless – try adding ham, roasted chicken, or cooked sausage to make it a hearty meal. A bit of grated cheese is wonderful, as is cooked asparagus or broccoli.