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salt + vinegar kale mashed potatoes

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This recipe is for the husband.

As of Sunday morning we had a full bag of fingerling potatoes sitting on the counter.  I asked Chris what I should do with them.  Being the salt + vinegar lover that he is, he suggested some sort of mashed salt + vinegar potatoes.

And then my wheels were turning!

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With a whole head of kale sitting in the fridge, it was the next obvious addition.

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Chris is a salt + vinegar chip fanatic.  He’s also known to douse fresh cut fries in malt vinegar, something that was completely foreign to me when we met.  I used to be disgusted by this, but after stealing fries off his plate for the past 9 years I’ve come to enjoy the tangy taste. 

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You have 2 options with these mashed potatoes. 

You can mash them together, dig in with a spoon, and call it a day…

Or, you can mash them together, form them into balls, coat them with a little more salt + vin, and broil them to form a nice golden crust on top. 

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Or, like me, you can choose both.

You know, eat a scoop, form one scoop into a ball, eat a scoop, form a second scoop into a ball.  And repeat.

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As I mashed the kale into the potatoes,  I realized the mixture looked similar to my mashed potato spinach patties.  Complete coincidence!  I’ve never made a recipe like either of these in the past, but somehow I make two that are quite similar in one week??

Don’t take the time to question it.

Just sit down and eat.

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Print this!

Salt + Vinegar Kale Mashed Potatoes [yields 24-30 2-bite balls]

  • 5c fingerling potatoes, cubed
  • 4c kale, thinly sliced
  • 1.5t garlic, minced
  • 6T apple cider vinegar
  • 2T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5T ghee/butter
  • 1/2-3/4t fine grain salt
  • toppings: apple cider vinegar, coarse sea salt, parmesan cheese [opt]
  1. Steam the washed + cubed potatoes for about 10-15min until creamy + tender. 
  2. Mash together in a large bowl with the 1/2T ghee, vinegar, and 1/2t salt.
  3. Add the milk and continue to mash until desired consistency is reached.
  4. In a large pan, heat 1/2-1T ghee over medium heat and add the sliced kale once hot.
  5. Stir frequently for 2-3min until just wilted and stir in the garlic for 30sec.
  6. Immediately add to potato mixture and mash to combine.
  7. Taste and add 1/4t more salt if desired.  Remember you will be topping with more salt before baking.
  8. Set your oven to broil on low with a rack at the top position.
  9. Place about a 2-3T sized scoop of the mixture into a mini muffin pan mold.  Loosely shaping into a ball.
  10. Repeat until all are filled, or place on a large baking sheet.
  11. Pour 1/4-1/2t vinegar over the top of each ball and sprinkle with sea salt.  Sprinkle on cheese if desired.
  12. Broil on low for 10-15min until golden brown. Watch your oven closely as all broilers are very different.  Broil over high for the last 1-3min if necessary.
  13. Balls should easily remove from the pan with the help of a spoon or fork.

notes:  Malt vinegar should also work for this recipe.  If you can’t find fingerling, sub another creamy potato.  Can easily be made vegan with Earth Balance.

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You can thank Chris for this one!

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It’s Monday.

Eat something delicious and tell me about it.


Reader Comments (37)

o-m-g, creamy kale-y yum!
April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHillary
What an awesome idea! Like savory mini muffins...too cute and they sound delicious!
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
Great finger food to bring to a potluck. Or nice individual servings for a huge holiday spread. Thanks for the inspiration!
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKale Crusaders
I'm not a big potato fan, but these look awesome! My husband will be thanking you later!

Ashley--> Hope he enjoys them!
These look incredily delicious and convinient! I am such a big mashed potatoes fan, and these can be served as an appetizer as well!
i LOVE the little potato muffins! i didn't like salt and vinegar until i was preggo...crazy right? now i love it!
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Not much of a potato girl but this is a cool idea :) Plus it's easily portable, just put a couple in a plastic bag and you've got a snack :P

Ashley--> Not sure I would put them in a plastic bag. They're still quite soft after broiling. :)
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNadiya @ Milk and Honey
Thank you Chris...because these look AMAZING!! I know my guy will love them too...if I let him have any :)
When I first moved to America I was astonished that nobody put vinegar on their fries. What amazed me even more was the lack of vinegar bottles on tables at restaurants. Your mashed potatoes are right up my alley! I might try them with malt vinegar. Thanks for sharing Ashley!

Ashley--> I hope this recipe makes you feel right at home!
I've been wanting to mix kale into mashed potatoes, but now that you've made these into adorable little balls in the muffin tins, I have to make these RIGHT NOW!
I ate something delicious this weekend- your black bean crema and new twist on tacos!! My husband and I LOVED them!!
He's a huge salt _ vinegar fanatic, so he would love this recipe. And uh, so would I. :)

Ashley--> I am so happy to hear this!! Thanks for letting me know!
I love everything about this, Ashley! The vinegar has me salivating. Yum!
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercassie
I want to pop those suckers in my mouth 300 at a time. I'm seriously drooling.
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Every pregnant woman's dream meal. :)
How intriguing!!! I am going to try this out! My husband is a picky picky eater so I would have to replace the kale for something...Maybe I could get away with spinach!
I made falafel patties yesterday and just enjoyed one with a salad. SO good!
This. Recipe. Is. Genius. I am now literally craving these mashed taters.. even though I've never had anything like them! I like your idea of broiling them also. I'd prolly do the same thing you did - do half & half. :) Looks awesome, Ashley. Have a great day!
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
These look delicious - but even more importantly I couldn't figure out where in the world you were until I realized I didn't ever update my feed! Aaaah I've missed out on a month of awesome recipes!

Ashley--> I'm so glad you clicked over! It's hard to get everyone up to date. I wish I could have sent some sort of notification through Feedburner but I couldn't figure it out. Twitter and Facebook were the only way!
These sound seriously amazing. If only my person had any inclination to eat salt and vinegar anything! Oh well--more for me. :)
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
I've made salt and vinegar potato chips at home before... love the combo, these sound like they'd be awesome!
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
I'm so excited to try this! I have to bring a side dish to a bbq next week and this will be perfect.
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSashira
Love the idea of the tater "muffins." Compact little morsels of tasty goodness :-)
April 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy@currylime
I made up some salt and vinegar mashed potatoes a few months back.. they were a smash hit! Well, at least with the boyfriend and myself! I ended up boiling my potatoes in a vinegar/water mixture. I'm just crazy like that!

Ashley--> Boiling in vinegar water is an interesting idea!
April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren (PB&G)
This version sounds like the Irish Colcannon which is delicious and I've always appreciated. Potatoes, greens, sauted onions, and vinegar. Healthy too.

Ashley--> Ooh, I'll have to look that up. It sounds excellent!
April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAriane
I literally just pulled these out of the oven, and oh - my - word. They are DELISH! I agree that eating some as is, and some broiled is the way to go. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley--> You rock, Jen! Thanks for letting me know!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen
looks yummy! great way to get more kale in my diet.thank you.
June 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkate
Found this through Pinterest. Made it tonight skipping the mini-muffin tin baking idea. So tasty, all four friends raved!

Ashley--> Fun!! So glad to hear. Thanks for letting me know!
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle (Seattle)
Made these tonight and they tasted JUST like salt + vinegar chips! Soo easy too. I halved the recipe because it was just me tonight and had it alongside some cherry tomatoes. Random and delicious. Can you tell I'm recipe stalking you?! I plan to try it all! :)
June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Hot Dayum! I gotta try this recipe, looks like it's really tasty whether it's broiled or not. The mashed is equally healthy I bet too. This recipe definitely encouraged me to check out some others from your site.
Thanks for sharing.
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick D.
These look great and want to make them as a side dish for a dinner what would I put along side them for a main dish? I cant figure out the taste that would go well with salt and vinegar... somethings sweet maybe :)
September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMackenzie
amazing. thank you for this awesome recipe. kale + salt + vinegar = my favorites!! tell hubs i say "THANK YOU" !!!
November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrista
I made these tonight, and they are AWESOME!!! Plus they look fancy too! They were VERY simple to throw together, as a last minute side dish too!!! Thanks!!!
February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelley
Just as an FYI - Im on your blog right now and the OLIA advertisement for hair color is on replay and I can't "turn it off" without reducing the sound on my computer. So I have to leave this blog post so that I can enjoy my own music. Which sucks, because I wanted to finish it but the sound of that ad is just driving me craazzzy!
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNour
Cooked this with my girlfriend, and the cheese burnt before it s done. We recommend putting the cheese on when they come out of the oven.
October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbee&Eee
You've almost stumbled upon a traditional dutch food. The only difference is, we boil the kale and potatoes together, strain, and then add pickle juice and a few seasonings and serve it with sausage.
May 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkatie k
I made this last night and it was SO good! We used malt vinegar, yukon gold potatoes, and Earth Balance instead of ghee/butter (we're vegan). Thanks so much for the recipe! This one will be going in the regular rotation.
August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina
@Sabrina - Awesome! Happy to hear it! Thanks for letting me know. :)
August 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
OMG making this asap!!
October 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMillie l Add A Little

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