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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.

Dinosaur Kale Baby Potatoes
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.

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

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4 servings
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  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.

Links:

Salt-Crusted Baby Potatoes - from 101 Cookbooks

Sauteed Dinosaur Kale with Garlic - from No Recipes

Dinosaur Kale Baby Potatoes
Elise Bauer