Cheezy Potatoes and Kale Au Gratin… Like a lot of people, I used to think that the term au gratin meant with cheese. It actually means by grating, but apparently actually refers to a baked dish with breadcrumbs baked on top and becomes golden brown. This dish definitely fits that bill!
Anyway… thinly sliced potatoes layer up in this dish with fresh kale, my mouthwatering bean-based cheeze sauce and topped with my delicious vegan parm topping for a completely decadent (yet healthy!) culinary experience.
This recipe is the ultimate warm comfort food, but there’s no guilt involved. It also keeps quite well in the fridge, so you could prep it on Sunday and reheat it for easy lunches or dinners throughout the week. I mean, I could also eat this for breakfast, too ;)
To thinly slice the potatoes, I used my mandolin, but you could also use the slicer on your food processor. If you are slicing by hand, make sure your knife is very sharp. If you cannot get them thinner than 1/4 of an inch that’s OK, just increase your bake time. Finally, make sure you make all of your potatoes approximately the same thickness so that everything cooks evenly.
I used gold potatoes because I just love how creamy they get when cooked, but you could definitely use other potatoes. You could even try this with sweet potatoes–yum! I don’t peel my potatoes because I like to get as many bonus nutrients as possible, but you can peel yours if you like.
For this recipe you can use any kind of kale you like (you can use spinach too, it’s just going to have less texture when cooked), but I prefer curly kale. The top layer of kale is exposed to the hot air of the oven and becomes crispy like kale chips.
You could easily replace the kale in the Cheezy Potatoes and Kale Au Gratin with other vegetables. Broccoli or mushrooms would be amazing in this. For more plant-powered protein you could also add in some chickpeas, but the cheeze sauce is bean-based so you are getting some protein there. And don’t forget that all plants have protein!
As always, let me know if you make this recipe and please tag #Zardyplants and mention me @Zardyplants so I can see your beautiful recreations! If you tag me on IG, I will share your post in my stories :)