Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Based on a favorite soup. As a casserole, it is easier to transport or bring to lunch at the office. Casseroles are a comfort food for me, but most serve 8 or more. This recipe is for two, but can easily be multiplied for a crowd.
- 1 lb potato, peeled and quartered
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth, divided
- 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 lb kale, stems removed
- 1⁄2 cup swiss cheese, grated
- 1⁄3 lb smoked kielbasa, sliced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup swiss cheese, grated
- Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
- In a dutch oven, combine the potatoes with enough water to cover them by 2 inches, bring the water to a boil, and boil the potatoes for 15 minutes, or until they are tender.
- Transfer the potatoes with a slotted spoon to a colander, reserving the cooking liquid, and force them through a ricer into a bowl. (or mash until smooth with no chunks).
- Add the butter, 1/4 cup of broth, the vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste, and combine the mixture well.
- Bring the reserved cooking liquid to a boil. Coursely chop the kale leaves, add to water, and boil it for 10 minutes, or until it is crisp-tender.
- Drain the kale in the colander, refresh it under cold water, and press out the excess water.
- Stir the kale and 1/2 cup of the Swiss into the potato mixture and spread the mixture in a buttered casserole dish.
- In a large skillet brown the kielbasa over moderate heat and transfer it to a bowl with the slotted spoon.
- In the fat remaining in the skillet cook the onions over moderate heat, stirring, until they are golden. Stir them into the kielbasa.
- Scatter the kielbasa mixture on top of the potato mixture, sprinkle it with the remaining Swiss, and pour the remaining 1/4 cup broth on top.
- NOTE: The casserole may be prepared up to this point 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.
- Bake the casserole until heated through, about 20 minutes.
This is so good it is comfort food. The mashed potato and kale foundation would be good by itself or with many favorite meat dishes...besides the kielbasa I am sure it would be great with baked chicken, pork chops or even meatloaf. This will definately be a regular around here. Thanks for the recipe!<br/>Next time I will have to picture it before it's gone :)
This was very good and we enjoyed it. My husband wanted me to make something with Kielbasa and I had kale too, so I found this and made it. I used red potatoes (I had 'em) and it was verrrrry tasty. Multi-step but nothing too difficult. I doubled the recipe. Thanks for posting!
My husband made some kielbasa and I was looking for ways to use it. This dish was so good, I may make it again next week. I cooked the potatoes and steamed the kale in the microwave, with excellent results. I also didn't brown the kielbasa, but I probably would have if it was store bought. Those packaged meats can get a little slimy sometimes. And I used sharp white cheddar instead of swiss because that's what we had. Excellent recipe.