• 1 lb kale
  • 3 lb Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Irish mashed potatoes mixed with kale and bacon, a great creamy, delicious side dish!

Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan covered in salted water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  When the potatoes are half cooked, drain off about 1/2 of the water, replace the lid and continue to cook until tender.  Meanwhile, combine the milk and shallot in a small pot and bring to a simmer.  Remove the stems of the kale and blanch the leave very quickly in boiling water (traditionally in Ireland the kale is blanched in water they keep for boiling bacon.  To achieve this same taste add 2 strips of bacon to your blanching water).  Set the cooked kale aside.  When the potatoes are cooked, drain the water and remove the skins.  Mash the potatoes in a large bowl and add enough hot milk to make them nice and creamy.  Add the kale and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately with the butter melting over the top.