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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Garden Fresh: Kale and Potato Au Gratin Recipe

So -- much to my surprise our garden is doing well this year.  Considering that much of Wisconsin is in a  state of extreme drought, our little spot of paradise in the upper northern section seems to be getting all the rain that everyone else wants.  Which means that all the rain barrels Leo and I created this spring to hoard the rain water (we now have about 1000 gallons saved!) has not been needed .... yet.  I anticipate that August will empty our containers without any trouble at all.   Anyway - back to my point.

I have an overabundance of certain veggies (Kale and Zucchini specifically), so I decided to take a look at my stash of recipes to find something tasty.  I made a Kale and Potato Au gratin that turned out so great I thought I'd share.  After all - artsy people do have to eat now don't they.

1 large bunch of kale (about 1 pound) washed, remove leaves from stalks and tear or cut into pieces.
1 small onion - diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
2 tablespoons butter (sliced into pats)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheese (Colby-jack or cheddar)
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil or grease a 2-quart baking dish.

In a saute pan, heat olive oil and butter.  Saute onion until soft.  Add Kale to pan and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally.   Let cool.
In same pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Stir in flour until smooth.  Slowly add milk, stirring constantly.  Once milk starts to thicken, add salt, garlic powder and pepper, stirring constantly.  Add shredded cheese and stir until cheese has melted.   Set aside.
Layer potatoes and kale mixture in baking dish, making sure you start and end with the potatoes. 
 Place pats of butter on each kale layer.  Once layers are complete. 
Pour sauce mixture over entire dish.
Cover and bake at least 45 minutes or until potatoes are done.

I think you will love this change from a traditional dish.  Enjoy!

~ Dani


  1. I have to admit I don't cook much with kale but, this looks good. Thanks for you visit & linking up Theresa @

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  3. This sounds delish!!!! Thanks for stopping by my weird and wacky blog. I look forward to learning some creative wonders from you.

  4. Yummy! I love kale and I make a version of Zuppa Toscana Italian soup with kale and potatoes--it is fabulous! Thanks for following me. I'm happily following your neat blog :) Have a great weekend.

  5. I will give ths recipe a try! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend.
    Judys Handmade Creations

  6. That looks delicious!! You are from Wisconsin? We are headed your way tomorrow to visit some family :)

    Lovin' the name of your blog and looking forward to more posts!

    1. My half of the team is still here - Have a save trip and enjoy our beautiful weather. Dani

  7. I love kale and have some growing in my garden. This recipe sounds wonderful, I will have to try it out. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment. I've enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for sharing. Jennifer -

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Did you know that kale is sweeter the colder it is outside? That's what makes it a great veggie to grow from spring through winter.

  8. Just got lots of Kale on sale this week. What a fun recipe to try and use it with.

    I would love for you to share this with my readers at Mealtime Monday!


    1. Thanks for stopping - its a great dish and I would love to share it.

  9. I just wanted to pop back by & say feel free to link up again. I'd love to have you join in! Hope you have a great weekend! Theresa @

  10. This looks delicious. I so wish we had a garden. Growing up we always had one and it was such a good memory helping my mom and dad in the garden.

    Thanks for stopping by and following from Welcome Wednesday. Following you back. Enjoy your day! Julie from Stlavonlady - a cat, girl, man and me!

    1. It's amazing what can be done with fresh veggies. Thanks for stopping by.


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