Dinosaur Kale with Baby Potatoes


Dinosaur kale, also called Lacinato or black kale, sautéed with garlic and olive oil and serve with poached baby potatoes.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Check out these “eggs in a nest” baby potatoes from Hank. Perfect for spring! ~Elise

I made this dish up on a whim. Elise and I were at the market and I saw some pretty Lacinato kale and gorgeous multi-colored baby potatoes. I knew I had to combine them somehow, and I liked the idea of “eggs in a nest,” especially around Easter.

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Lacinato, also known as cavolo nero or dinosaur kale, is pretty much the darkest green vegetable I know of. It is more tender than regular kale, and its leaves are deeply savoyed—crinkled, like savoy cabbage, which is lacinato kale’s cousin. If you can’t find lacinato kale, don’t use regular kale as a substitute, use chard instead.

I cook the potatoes in stock here, which looks wasteful but it’s not: You can reuse the potato-enriched stock in another recipe. It is great as a base for polenta or rice.

Dinosaur Kale with Baby Potatoes Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish

Try to find the smallest potatoes you can for this recipe. It will still be good with larger potatoes, but you lose the pretty "eggs in a nest" effect.


  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock (use vegetable stock for vegan option)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound baby potatoes of various colors
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound dinosaur kale or Swiss chard, chopped roughly
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Grated zest of a lemon
  • Lemon juice to taste


1 Boil the potatoes: Bring the stock and water to a boil and add the potatoes. Turn the heat down to simmer gently until the potatoes are tender, about 20-30 minutes.

Drain (you can reserve the stock and water to cook rice or polenta with later) and coat the potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Salt well and set aside.

2 Stir-fry kale, add garlic, red pepper flakes: Heat the remaining olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the kale and turn to coat with the oil as it wilts.

Add the garlic and toss to combine, then add the red pepper flakes and some salt and black pepper. Stir-fry this for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and cover the pan. Wait 2-4 minutes before uncovering.

3 To serve, mix the lemon zest with the kale. Lay down a "nest" of kale on the plate and arrange the baby potatoes in the center. Squeeze some lemon juice over everything right as you serve.

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Hank Shaw

A former restaurant cook and journalist, Hank Shaw is the author of three wild game cookbooks as well as the James Beard Award-winning wild foods website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. His latest cookbook is Buck, Buck, Moose, a guide to working with venison. He hunts, fishes, forages and cooks near Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Tracey

    Just made this for lunch so delicious! I added a couple of deviled eggs on the side because I was craving them. Thanks for this quick and delicious recipe!


  2. Debra

    I made this last night with the huge, tender Rainbow Swiss chard from my garden!
    It was a hit with the family. Thank you.

  3. catherine

    Yum!!! I made this tonight and it is delicious and extremely simple. Thank you!

  4. Julie

    One of the meals I make when I’m broke is wilted spinach and soft boiled eggs. My 9-year-old daughter loves it – but I never actually thought of trying to make it look like a nest. That’s a great idea!

    But I think I’ll try this too. My family all loves potatoes and those are so cute.

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