Here’s supper tonight. This is from a Dutch family who I grew up with and spent most of my childhood biking up to their dairy farm to spend the days helping their oldest son, my best friend, do the chores or ride along in the tractor all day. Ended up working as a farmhand there for years when I got older as well.
It is called boerenkool which basically translates as “farmers cabbage” and is their name for kale anyway I believe.
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It begins with a pot of diced potatoes and chopped up kale, fill with water and dash of salt like everything that’s boiled. Set this to start boiling like any other mashed potatoe pot. The kale will wilt and soften as it all boils.
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Reading about it online I believe the “proper” method is to cook a smoked sausage, a bigger one, in the pot with the potatoes essentially steaming it. I just fry them in a pan, some nice smokies are perfect but fresh sausage is good to. I fry them and then add a couple cups of stock to braise them at the end. Remove sausages and make a gravy from the stock. Mash the potatoes and kale with some butter and milk.
Now to serve, according to my friend the proper way (his at least lol) is as follows:
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Lay a big bed of mash, flatten it out and make a hollow in middle. Spread mayo on it. MAYO, not the miracle crap. The Dutch love mayo.
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Lastly fill the well up with gravy and add a sausage. I like to slice the sausage and use the slice to scoop a big bite of mash and gravy.
Im no fan of kale, but in this you don’t even notice it besides the Color. I tell you this is one plate that will absolutely stick to your ribs on the way down and stay there for a while!