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With the cool-season vegetables of potatoes, kale, and leeks as its main ingredients, this dish from the British Isles is a reward waiting at the end of the growing season. The topping of browned onions turns this reward into a north country ambrosia. Any leftovers make great potato patties sautéed on each side in a little butter. I like to use a variety of kale called Russian Red for this recipe. It has a tender mildness and a pleasing flavor. Its leaves are smoother than the more common Scotch kale and have a reddish tinge on the edges and veins.
- 5 medium potatoes
- 4 cups packed, rinsed kale leaves with stems removed
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped leeks
- 2 large onions
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup warm milk
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Boil or steam the potatoes 30-45 minutes, or until completely tender. Allow the potatoes to cool, then peel them.
While the potatoes are cooking, steam the kale 5 minutes. Drain, squeeze out the excess water, and chop the kale finely.
In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, add the leeks and sauté 5 minutes, or until tender. Lower the heat, add the kale, and sauté 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Peel and cut the onions in half vertically. With the flat side on a chopping block, cut each half vertically into semicircular slices. In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When hot, add the onions and cook slowly 15-20 minutes, or until the onions are limp and browned.
TO ASSEMBLE: Mash the potatoes with a potato ricer or masher, adding enough milk to make a creamy yet firm mixture. Beat in the kale and leek mixture, and season with salt and pepper.
TO SERVE: Reheat if necessary. Turn into a heated serving bowl, make a large, shallow depression in the middle, and fill with the onions.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Taunton. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
255 calories; 9g total fat; 12mg cholesterol; 41mg sodium; 40g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 6g protein
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