Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Olive Oil

  • Yield 4 servings

This is wonderful as a side dish or can be stuffed into eggplant slices, peppers or zucchini shells. Be sure to wash the kale leaves well as they can be gritty.


3 pounds all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
Salt, to taste
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch kale, large stems stripped and discarded
1/2 cup warm whole milk or light cream
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
5 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add a pinch salt. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook 20 minutes until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large saute pan or skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped kale; saute over medium heat 4 minutes until softened. Add sauteed kale to bowl with the potatoes.
  3. Mash potatoes and kale together with a potato masher or fork. Slowly add warm milk and combine. Season with salt and pepper; mix just until creamy with a few chunks. Place potatoes in a serving bowl. Make a well in center and pour remaining olive oil over top. Sprinkle with scallions and parmesan cheese, if using.



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