Don't try this at home, kids. Too much kale is, err, bad for you.
All those people who disparage British food are obviously misguided, as "mash", as it's known here, is one of the most divine dishes known to exist.
It's my guilty secret: I love mashed potatoes. Always have, ever since I was a kid and the server at the Piccadilly knew exactly what I wanted when I went through the cafeteria line. (We were regulars.)
Now I've learned to love them with a little extra pizzazz. With the addition of kale or another green, they become the Irish delicacy colcannon. Add sauteed leeks, and I swear you've got gourmet comfort food.
And if you think your kids won't eat kale, think again. I caught my daughter warming up leftovers the next day for lunch. She started to scoop out a little, then dumped the whole dish on her plate.
It was empty a few minutes later.
Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Leeks
1 lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup soy milk, in all
1 bunch kale, chopped
1 leek, sliced (white and light green part only)
Boil potatoes in water until soft enough to mash, about 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of the chunks). Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to boil and add chopped kale. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until kale is soft.
Sauté leeks in a tablespoon or so of olive oil for 10 minutes, until they appear golden brown and crispy on the edges.
When potatoes are done, mash with a potato masher or a hand mixer, along with a couple of tablespoons of margarine (or olive oil) and enough soy milk to make the mixture easy to stir.
Add enough kale to evenly distribute throughout mashed potatoes. You may have kale leftover. (If so, serve with a dressing of cider vinegar and a few drops of Tabasco.)
Top with sauteed leeks, and serve. (Do not allow your children to eat too much. Tell them greens are bad for them. They will tell their friends, who will then start a street cartel to import greens into their schools. It will begin with retro dino kale, and end with your child mainlining collards every morning before algebra.)