Wirsing similar to that served at Brauerei Sion in Koln

by Aimee Campbell
(Menlo Park, CA, USA)

Wirsing (kale)

Wirsing (kale)

* One head of dark curly kale, rinsed, stems discarded, and leaves chopped finely
* One medium onion, chopped finely
* One dessert spoon of cooking oil
* One kilo of mealy potatoes
* 150 grams butter
* 250 grams sahne
* 250 grams kaase, coarsely grated
* salt and pepper to taste


* Saute kale and onion in oil until soft. Set aside.

* Boil potatoes until tender when tested with a knife point; drain, peel, and place in large bowl (if overboiled, return peeled potatoes to empty pot and dry-cook to remove excess moisture, then place in large bowl).

* Mash potatoes coarsely; stir in sauteed kale and onion.

* Continue mashing potato/veg mixture, adding butter, sahne, and kaase all at several intervals to loosen the mixture.

* Then mash to a smooth puree.

* Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

(photo resource: iStockphotos)

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May 30, 2015
Wirsing (Kale)
by: balle4@aol.com

Wirsingkohl is not Kale
Wirsingkohl is Savoy Cabbage ;-)

Nov 03, 2012
I never thought I would find the recipe!
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I used to live in Cologne and often went to Sion. I always ordered whatever came with the Wirsing. I never figured out what was in it, but just love it.

Finally, I can have it here in the USA. The Internet it great!!!

Thank you.


Apr 15, 2012
Savoy Cabbage
by: Rita

Hi Pat,

You are right, Wirsing is savoy cabbage, not kale.
I would definitely use savoy cabbage for the recipe.

I added the wrong caption to the photo, sorry.


Mar 27, 2012
Kale or Savoy cabbage?
by: Pat

I have a question about the wirsing...the picture you show is savoy cabbage.. I had kale before and it looks different.... so are you using kale or savoy cabbage... Thanks for answering back.

Jun 20, 2010
Emmental sounds great
by: Rita

Hi Aimee,

Thanks for the additional info about the cheese. When I told my husband about the recipe, I got a weird look. I reckon, I will end up trading the sausage with him as well when I cook it :).
I will defintely try the recipe soon, as it is exactly what I love, veggies and potatoes.


Jun 19, 2010
Note to Rita
by: Aimee

Hi Rita,
I hope you try the recipe and enjoy it as much as I do. When my son and I ate at Sion both our plates came with Wirsing. He had an aversion to veg, so I traded him my wurst for his Wirsing and I think I got the better end of the deal. I'm a private chef and worked on developing this recipe until it matched Sion's. Emmenthal or young Gouda are good kaase choices; cheddar, brie, chevre, or bleu would also be good, but wouldn't taste the same as Sion's. Köstlich!

Jun 19, 2010
Great recipe
by: Rita

Hi Aimee,

Thank you for submitting the Wirsing recipe, it sounds very delicious. I am going to try it.


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