I was looking to do something completely different for my non-veg roommates. We just went shopping, and I had a lot to work with.
I was thinking some kind of casserole, and mashed potatoes seemed like an okay idea. So I cut up a few to boil them:
Small pieces boil faster.
I then put about 4 cloves of garlic, a few peppercorns, and some coriander seeds into some oil for a saute.
4 cloves chopped garlic; a few pepper corns; a tsp of coriander seeds in 1-2TB olive oil.
Then half-mooned 2 onions. Chucked them in.
Went into our fridge to find some kale…
That's a lot of veggies.
Chopped up a head of kale.
And mixed it in.
Mixed in the kale and added over a tsp of coriander powder.
When the potatoes were done, I drained them in order to mash them… but it didn’t feel right. I left them as they were, and put them in the bottom of the dish.
Changed my mind about mashing them.
I set about to make a low-fat white sauce. 1.5 cups of whole milk, with two heaping TB of corn starch (or white flour) whisked in, and heated until thick (stir it continuously).
Milk and corn starch. If you want more flavor, add 1-2 TB of butter. What you see on my fork is a little bit of green curry paste I found in the cupboard. It's just a tiny bit, to give the white sauce a little flavor.
When that was done, I poured it over the potatoes, which I liberally seasoned with black pepper.
Poured the white sauce over the potatoes.
Then I heaped the onions and kale on the top.
Layer stir fry on top.
Since it was no longer a vegan dish, I decided to lightly sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top. *White sauce can be made vegan (coconut white sauce is epic). At the time, I had no other milk substitute to use.
The experimental casserole.
Since everything was already cooked, I popped it in the oven on 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, just to let the cheese melt.
I try to make low-to-no added sodium recipes, light on animal-sourced ingredients. For more flavor, add melted butter to the white sauce, add more cheese, or use salt.
POTATOS, ONIONS, & KALE IN WHITE SAUCE:
- 4-5 potatoes, in full moon slices (boiled)
- ground black pepper
- 4 cloves garlic
- some pepper corns
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 head of kale (chopped)
- 1.5 cups of milk (or milk substitute)
- 2 TB of corn starch (or white flour)
- 1-2 TB butter (optional)
- 1 TB of curry paste or whatever you can dream up for subtle flavor (optional)