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Food Pr0n: Winter Greens and Potato Casserole

Posted Jan 13 2010 6:02pm

Lifestyles change. Mine sure has in the last few weeks. I’ve gone from driving over 70 miles a day to getting in the car about twice a week. Because I no longer commute, there is more time for me to do the things I enjoy most, like playing in the kitchen. I have a new “roommate” who requires meat most nights for dinner but still loves a good veggie dish. So things have changed, and I’d say for the better. I’m so happy here in Chicago with my guy, the new Mountain Goats album can’t even make me feel blue. Now, I feel like life is where I always wanted it to be.

I might have skipped over this recipe in the past because it bakes for over an hour. The prep time is quick, though, and my body was hankering for a good greens recipe. I also have a new mandolin to play with, which made slicing the potatoes and onions even quicker. Check it out. I was playing with the settings on my camera and it came out all Gerhard Richtery

Modern art in my kitchen

This casserole is a stick-to-your-ribs, it’s-in-the-single-digits kind of dish. You could skip the cheese if you wanted and make it vegan. I indulged and justified it because I’m doing a lot more walking these days :-)

Adapted from Cooking Light
Makes 8 servings
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes

8 cups water
3 bunches kale
6-8 medium yukon gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
Cooking spray
1 onion
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/2 cup broth, chicken or veggie will work

Prep work: Rip the leaves off the kale into chunks and discard the stems. Rinse the kale chunks in a bowl of water and strain. Slice the potatoes and onions about 1/8 inch thick.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a big pot, the biggest one you’ve got. Add the kale and 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Coat the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place 1/3 of the potato slices in a single layer on the bottom and top with half of the onion slices. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt; top with half of the kale mixture. Sprinkle kale mixture with 1/4 cup each mozzarella and parmesan.
  4. Repeat a layer of 1/3 of the potatoes, the remaining onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the remaining kale. Top the kale this time with the remaining potatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Pour broth evenly over the top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  5. Cover with foil and bake at for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 minutes or until the cheese is browned.
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