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Dutch Mashed Potatoes with Kale

stamppot boerenkool click to hear 2 /or/ boerenkoolstamppot click to hear 2 3

I was very happy to find large bags of 'baby' kale (very young leaves) at a favorite store.
At my parents' house in Holland, in the Fall, a man would sometimes bring an armful of large curly leaves of kale. It was a lot of work, removing the large veins and cutting up the leaves. It was always said kale tasted best after the first frost of Autumn.
This dish can be prepared in one large cooking pot, add the potatoes after the kale has cooked for 20 or 25 minutes (the kale will have shrunken) - but I find it easier to cook and mash the potatoes separately and add the cooked kale later.
It's traditionally eaten with smoked sausage - but I prefer an omelette and sauteed mushrooms. Pickles are also traditional.
Feeds 2 or 3 - you could add more potatoes if there is a third person at your table.

  • 1½ Lb (750g) baby kale
  • 1 Lb (500g) peeled potatoes
  • 5 oz (150ml) milk
  • for the mashed potatoes: pepper, nutmeg, a little butter

  • Protein: smoked sausage or omelet

  • optional: 6-8 slices of bacon, in pieces
  • optional side dishes:
    a few pickles, cut
    ½ Lb (250g) mushrooms
  1. Pick over kale, remove discolored leaves (if any) and wash (if necessary);
  2. Bring kale to a boil in a large pot with 3 cups of water, lower heat but keep at a boil, and cook for 45 minutes (it will shrink considerably);
  3. (Optional) Wash, cut and sautée mushrooms;
  4. Peel and cut potatoes, bring to a boil and cook for 17 minutes
    (start boiling potatoes when kale still has 25 minutes to go;)
  5. (Optional) Prepare bacon;
  6. Prepare omelet or heat up sausage
  7. Drain water from potatoes, add milk, butter, pepper and nutmeg, mash and mix;
  8. Put cooked kale in colander, press with wooden spoon to squeeze out water;
  9. Cut kale on cutting board, mix into mashed potatoes
    (add pieces of bacon;)
  10. Serve with sausage or omelet;
  11. If you like, serve with sliced pickles.
[kale with mashed potatoes] [kale with mashed potatoes]
[kale with mashed potatoes] (de) stamppot click to hear 2 is a mix of a (usually) cooked vegetable like curly kale or endives with mashed potatoes and often with bacon.
boerenkool click to hear 2 '(curly) kale'
boerenkoolstamppot click to hear 2 3 - also called: stamppot boerenkool click to hear 2 is usually served with smoked sausage: boerenkool met worst click to hear. I often have it with sautéed mushrooms: gebakken champignons click to hear 2 3 and an omelet: omelet click to hear
- a good combination: een goede combinatie click to hear 2
- it goes together well, it is a good fit: 't past er goed bij click to hear 2.
You can also use that phrase for people: ze passen goed bij elkaar click to hear 2 ('they are a good fit, they make a good couple.')

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