Easy Kale Casserole With Pickled Green Tomatoes

Social media can really be phun when it instigates tasty dishes that can be phickled up! Today, I ‘repinned’ a recipe I found on Pinterest for Kale Casserole and since I had a bag of kale in the fridge …decided to try it out! The original recipe came from http://www.poetinthepantry.com …however, I didn’t have the italian sausage the recipe called for on hand …so I diced up ham instead. Either way… yum!
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First… I washed and sliced two russet potatoes as thinly as possible with my amateur cutting skills. And…as the recipe instructed, I left the skins on the potatoes.

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Next, I had fun layering the sliced potatoes in a round 9 inch casserole dish that I’d pre-buttered. Between the layers (3 of ’em,) I put a few pats of butter…just to be sure the potatoes would be moist and yummy. I put the potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees…

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Then I browned about a pound of ham. It was a ready-to-eat version from Smithfield. Not fancy…but quite alright.

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I removed the ham from the frying pan…and added in four cups of chopped curly leaf kale.

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I thought this would be a good dish for some pickled green tomatoes. So… since this is a fairly small casserole, I only used four Wedgies ….but more would also be fine!

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While the kale was cooking in the juices from the ham …and a little olive oil I added to the pan, I diced the ham and sliced the Wedgies. Then, once the kale had reduced and I’d decided it was perfect by trying it a few times… I added the ham and pickled green tomatoes to the kale in the pan.

20121011-191254.jpgAfter the potatoes had cooked for about 20 minutes, I removed them from the oven and topped them with the kale/ham/Wedgies mixture and a cup of cheddar cheese on the top. Then…I put the dish back in the oven for 10 minutes to melt everything together.

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The end result was yummy! …and a little smear of sriracha was the only thing I added. There was enough seasoning from the ham and the Wedgies. Now…. I’m thinking about all the ways I could make this differently! It would be great at Thanksgiving with turkey instead of the ham, on New Years Day with collards instead of the kale, and with Spicy Italian Sausage (as the recipe on Pinterest suggested) with feta instead of cheddar! However you make it…. make it Phun!

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