A Dutch Classic: Boerenkool

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When I was in Amsterdam this summer, I ate at a restaurant that served traditional Dutch meals.  I remember trying to figure out what to order without knowing how to read Dutch.  Luckily, the waiter was very accommodating and gave me a brief description of the dishes that I pointed to.  When I pointed at Boerenkool (thinking what a cool name), the waiter told me that it consisted of mashed potatoes, kale, bacon and gravy.  I was sold!  I have never thought of mixing kale into mashed potatoes before but wow, was it ever tasty!  My friends challenged me to make it for them when we return to Vancouver.  I responded by what Barney Stinson would say:  Challenge Accepted!

Ingredients:

A bunch of Kale (washed, dried, stems removed)

6 -7 Russet potatoes

Smoked sausages (whichever kind you prefer)

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup butter

salt

pepper

gravy (yes, the packaged ones is absolutely fine)

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Wash the Kale and peel the potatoes.  Put the potatoes in a saucepan and add water until the potatoes are covered.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are soft and ready to mash.

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While the potatoes are simmering, chop up the Kale into small pieces.

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Check to see if the potatoes are soft.  If so, drain the water from the potatoes.  Mash the potatoes and add the butter and the cream one after another.

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Add the chopped kale into the mixture and pop the lid back on.  Let it sit on simmer for 5 minutes (keep an eye on it though – stir occasionally so the bottom of the pan doesn’t get brown)

*steaming the kale before you put it in the mashed potatoes is optional but I felt the Kale tasted more fresh by cooking it this way.

Meanwhile, pan fry the smoked sausage (and bacon if you’d like) and make the gravy

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You’re now ready to plate your meal.  Enjoy!

I joked with my Husband that I totally could’ve married a Dutch man and would be fine in the kitchen if this is what he’d like to eat everyday. =P

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