When I first saw Southern Living‘s recipe for “Mashed Potatoes with Greens” I thought I’d skip it. Everything else in their Make-Ahead Thanksgiving menu looked fine, but potatoes with greens? That sounded weird. I was puzzled why anyone would feel the need to add anything to mashed potatoes. CPT America was in agreement. We grew up in Idaho. We feel strongly about potatoes.
But, at the last minute, I decided that if I was going to do this whole make-ahead thing right, I should probably give the potatoes a chance. And so, today, I went to the grocery store and picked up kale – something I’d never bought (or eaten) before.
Six cups worth.
Having never cooked with kale, either, I was understandably surprised when all six cups cooked down to something that looked like this:
What in the world had I done wrong?
Actually, nothing. Or so said a friend who happened to call just as I lifted the lid on the greens. (I may have sounded a bit panicky on the phone). Thank goodness she called!
Anyway, everything else about the recipe was pretty straight forward. Boil the potatoes, mash the potatoes, add the butter and the milk. But this recipe also called for cream cheese, green onions, and…kale, which I left for last. And, when I finally did add the kale, I added it with reluctance, certain that I was about to ruin a perfectly good batch of mashed potatoes.
However, that was not the case.
These potatoes were good! In fact, I think this has been my favorite recipe so far. I’m so glad I didn’t give it a pass like I’d planned.
CPT America also approved – though in his opinion, the kale added more color than flavor. And the girls were surprisingly receptive, though I noticed they sort of ate around the kale toward the end. (They’re still a bit suspicious of anything green and leafy).
But don’t listen to them – listen to me. Make these potatoes!
And, one more note. The preparation of these potatoes means I am now finally on schedule for this whole make-ahead Thanksgiving thing. I don’t have to do anything else until Monday…except maybe buy some more casserole dishes because I’m swiftly running out.
From the dining room table, wondering what other yummy recipes are out there for kale,