Curly Kale Casserole
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Mamas Grünkohlauflauf

Mamas "Curly kale casserole (Grünkohlauflauf)" is one of my favorite dishes and whenever i am away from home it reconnects me with my mum and my childhood. The dish consists of only a 

few ingredients but the combination of nutty tasting kale, a good smoked sausage and rich homemade potato mash harmonizes wonderfully. While it is very easy to get curly kale in Germany all year round even if it is only the frozen kind from time to time we had for years here in Cape Town hardly ever the chance to get hold of this tasty and healthy cabbage leaves. But luckily this has changed in recent years as kale has become more and more popular. 


Preparation time: 15 minutes 
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Cooking time: at least 45 minutes
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Resting time: 0 minutes
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Total time needed: at least 60 minutes
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Grade of Difficulty: easy


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Ingredients 
for 
Curly Kale Casserole

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 bunch of curly kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped fine
  • 5 medium sized potatoes, 
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 4 quality smoked sausages, for example Mettenden, smoked Bratwurst, Krakauer or Debreziner
  • Knob of butter
  • 1/2 cup of fresh milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Directions

  • Braise curly kale in olive oil in a pot for a few minutes on medium heat
  • Add onion, garlic and salt and braise for another 5 minutes
  • Add the water, cover pot with a lid and let the kale gently simmer for about 30 minutes
  • In the meantime cook washed potatoes in salt water, when the potatoes are done (should take 25 minutes) pour off water and add milk and butter to 
  • the potatoes, use potato masher and blend into a smooth mash, put to one side for a few minutes
  • Once the time is up add the kale mixture into a casserole dish
  • Place the mashed potatoes evenly on top of the curly kale
  • Cover the potato mash with a few smoked sausages and place the casserole into the preheated oven (200 degrees Celsius / 392 degrees Fahrenheit) on the middle shelf with top and bottom heat
  • Bake till the surface of the potatoes begin to brown

Remove from the oven and enjoy.




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