Mashed Potato and Kale Gratin

Okay, maybe it is more of a casserole but for some reason the word casserole irks me and evokes images of pot luck dinners and awfully bad tuna noodle concoctions. And anyway, a gratin is really a fancy way of saying anything that has a crust of melted cheese on top and so this absolutely qualifies. And putting kale in a dish has to elevate it above casserole status. Ok, I've made enough excuses. Call this whatever you want, it is delicious. I used kale because luckily a neighbor of mine grows her own kale and we were able to get some and I had to put it in everything I made until I used it up but this would also be delicious with a a layer of chopped broccoli or spinach or both instead. This kind of reminds me of Colcannon, a classic Irish dish of mashed potatoes and kale which I love but since St. Patrick's day is a while off we will stick with my more boring title. This dish is hearty and filling and absolutely tastes like comfort. Enjoy!

For the Potatoes:
5 large potatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 cup sour cream
4 Tbl butter
1 egg
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes with the two garlic cloves in salted water until tender. Drain well and add the sour cream, butter, cheeses and egg and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the Kale layer:
1 lb Kale, large stems and ribs removed
2 Tbl olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

In a large pan heat the olive oil and start to fry the garlic making sure it does not burn. Add the kale,  season with salt and pepper. Add the water and let the kale steam fry until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove from pan and chop the kale.

For the topping:
1 1/2 cups Panko
1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbl olive oil

In a bowl mix the the panko with the the olive oil and then mix in the cheese.

Butter a glass pan and pour half of the mashed potato mixture in. Top with the kale, add the Mozzarella on top of the kale and then add the rest of the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle the topping generously over the top. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 until the top is golden.


  1. Where do you find kale in Israel and what's it called in Hebrew?

  2. I happen to have a neighbor that grows it in her garden and sells it- but I think you can order it through different organic vegetable sellers online in Israel- I think it's called Kale in Hebrew too.


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