Crushed Red Potatoes with Winter Greens

November/December 1993

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Flecks of red potato skin and deep green from the winter greens add festive color to the plate.

Crushed Red Potatoes with Winter Greens

Makes: 8 servings

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  • 1 pound greens such as collards, mustard greens, broccoli rabe and/or escarole, (8 cups)
  • 2 pounds small red potatoes,scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Remove tough fibrous stems and any wilted or yellow leaves from greens. Wash leaves well and cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
  2. Cook potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a medium bowl. Crush with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon and set aside. Add the greens to the boiling water and cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Dry the pot, add hoil and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cooked greens and toss with the garlic. Stir in the crushed potatoes and buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare up to 1 hour ahead and keep warm over a larger pan of barely simmering water.


Per serving: 119 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 68 mg sodium; 615 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (76% daily value), Vitamin C (50% dv), Folate (29% dv), Potassium (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 vegetable

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