Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

These rustic vegan mashed potatoes are made with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, scallions, and kale. A delicious, easy vegetarian holiday side dish!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is next week, but I’ve been eating mashed potatoes for a while now because blogging life means eating holiday recipes early! I first made these vegan mashed potatoes for a family dinner a few weeks ago and while I was in the kitchen mashing stuff in a bowl, my brother-in-law came over and asked “what’s in the mashed potatoes?” I said “potatoes”… and he said ” no, I mean, what’s the “potato”…is it cauliflower…is it parsnips? He knows me so well.

It dawned on me how rarely I make actual potatoes, but we’re changing that today – this Thanksgiving our potatoes are potatoes! We’re also adding a bunch of kale to them because, well… I’m still me.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes ingredients

These potatoes are not your creamy whipped cloud potato – if you’re craving that style of mash, go make this recipe. Today’s recipe is more of a rustic mash with garlic, scallions, and rosemary. The skins of the potatoes are left on which makes for a wonderful texture and also ease of cooking. This whole recipe comes together in about 20 minutes and requires no peeling.

There’s nearly a whole bunch of kale in this recipe, but no one will realize it, because it cooks down and mixes in to the potatoes so well.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Instead of butter or sour cream, I use good amount of olive oil, which adds such a delicious flavor and creamy texture. It also makes this recipe vegan without having to use any type of vegan butter substitute. I just love olive oil so much.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

mmm… look at all of that kale!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes
 
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These rustic vegan mashed potatoes are made with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, scallions, and kale. A delicious, easy vegetarian holiday side dish!
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Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds unpeeled yellow potatoes (or Yukon Gold), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale (1 small bunch)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Heat ½ teaspoon olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the scallions and kale, and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Use a potato masher to coarsely mash the potatoes and garlic. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the ⅓ cup olive oil, ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid, the kale, scallions, rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper. Continue folding until creamy, adding up to ½ cup more cooking liquid and additional drizzles of olive oil, if desired. Season to taste with up to ½ teaspoon more salt, and pinches of red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve hot.

 


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8 comments

  1. Taste of France from francetaste.wordpress.com on said:

    My favorite dish from Kenya is irio, which is mashed potatoes with collard greens, maize and beans (and onions, but you have scallions–same idea). It’s basically what you have here, with the addition of corn and beans, which provide a complete protein, because in much of Kenya, meat is a Sundays-only extravagance.
    There are a couple of special things about irio. You very finely chop the collard greens (or spinach or kale, but collard greens are revered there, they are called sukuma wiki–push the week–something to stretch resources). The fine chop, and no cooking–they wilt with the heat of the mashed potatoes, lets the chlorophyl escape and tint the potatoes a vivid green. Who doesn’t love flourescent green food! Natural!
    The second thing is that you’re supposed to eat with your hand. Your right hand. In Kenya and other countries in Africa, texture is just as important as flavor and smell and presentation. Folks play with their food as they converse.
    This recipe is a big hit with kids: bright green, and you eat with your hands. And: mashed potatoes. What’s not to love?

  2. Elizabeth on said:

    This is an actual dish that my Dutch family makes – it’s called borecole! Which is the Dutch translation for “kale”. The dish is actually made up of hand/rough mashed potatoes and kale mixed in. Traditionally it’s served with sausage (rookworst).

  3. Liberty on said:

    I made your wonderful kale and potato salad this morning. Its 25 degrees out and this is the perfect breakfast for a cold morning. I love your recipes and bought your cookbook. You had me at Lemons! I love lemons.

  4. Jan Nevins on said:

    This looks wonderful and I think I will make it for Thanksgiving. I think I will substitute cauliflower for about 1/2 of the potatos!

  5. Gil on said:

    I took this Mash recipe as my starting point and built up from it. Served with Chicken Meunière and Spicy Jalapeño Cranberry sauce. Another evening spent in great company, fine food and wine and laughter to the stars.
    Thank you Jeanine for being often a key inspiration on my culinary palette.
    Cheers !

    • Hi Gil,

      That sounds like an amazing evening (spicy cranberry sauce – YUM)! I’m so happy the recipes have been an inspiration – thank you for coming back to let me know!!

  6. Swati Sharma from claroclinic.com on said:

    The dish look amazing and as per my knowledge Kale is good for our health and skin, even potatoes has large amount of vitamins. So I feel this is very health dish and I would really like to try this recipe.

  7. falafel recipe on said:

    I love eating boiled potatoes with different flavors. I tried this recipe and really love it as has good amount of nutritional value. You may also try healthy falafel recipe as it tastes amazing.

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