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Jennifer’s Kale & Leek Colcannon

Jennifer John


Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins


75g butter

4 medium leeks, finely sliced

200g kale

800g floury potatoes e.g. King Edward, peeled

150ml semi skimmed milk

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe donated by Discover Great Veg for Veg Power. Photography by Discover Great Veg |

Warming, comforting mashed potato – it’s creamy and familiar, and leeks and kale are a perfect addition to get some veg into the dish without being offensive.


Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the leeks and turn over in the butter. Add a tablespoon of water and season to taste.

Let the leeks sweat for about 5 mins over a medium heat, stirring from time to time, then add the kale. Stir everything around, add another tablespoon of water and cover again. Leave to sweat for a further 10 mins until both vegetables are soft and buttery. You might need to add a little more water half way through.

Meanwhile cook the potatoes in boiling water until just tender while the greens are sweating. Heat the milk, drain the potatoes then gradually add the milk to the potatoes and mash until smooth.

Kids in the kitchen:

Show kids how to peel the potatoes, and get them to add water to the greens pan for sweating, and then to fill the saucepan with cold water for the potatoes. Have them mash the potatoes when they are ready.

Jennifer John

Jennifer John, a trained home economist and a member of the Guild of Food Writers has been working with the Discover Great Veg campaign for many years, including, developing recipes.

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