Kale is an absolute staple in Winter in Dutch kitchens. We typically eat it with a fatty sausage on top and we make a little hole in the mash and add some gravy in it! I love kale but not with all the added calories, i think it is a great dish if you want to eat something balanced and alkaline, the potatoes bind the acids nicely and kale is full of vitamins and minerals aswell. I have added some minced meat that i season quite heavily and i personally like to add some sambal oelek to this dish so it is nice and spicy!

Kale Potato Mash

Kale-Potato Mash

(serves 4)


1 kg potatoes (the mehlig kochend – or floury – kind)
700g kale (cut up with a chopper or blender)
500g minced meat (beef or half-half with minced pork or minced lamb)
25g butter
1 tbsp. vinegar
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

You’ll also need a potato masher (hand-held kitchen tool).


  • Bring a pot of water to the boil.
  • In the meantime, peel, wash and dice the potatoes.
  • Add a dash of salt and the potatoes to the water, and boil until done (ca. 20 minutes).
  • Add the kale, cover with a lid, and cook for another 10 minutes. The kale will shrink!
  • In a separate pan, cook the minced meat in olive oil, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once the potatoes and kale are cooked, discard the cooking liquid, reserving 1 cup.
  • In the now-empty pot, mash the potatoes and kale by hand. Add the cooking liquid as needed, until you get the consistency you like.
  • Add the minced meat and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add a pat of butter, a dash of salt or pepper if needed, and the vinegar, and you’re done!


Note: This dish can also be eaten with sausage or some vegan wienerli (sausage replacements) or soy meat.

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