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Kale with Sweet Sausage


In this comforting winter side dish, kale is topped with spicy-sweet Italian sausage.

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Source: Everyday Food, December 2006


  • 1 sweet Italian sausage (about 3 ounces), removed from casing and crumbled
  • 2 bunches kale (about 1 1/2 pounds total), tough stems and center ribs discarded, leaves torn into pieces and washed
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pan with a tight-fitting lid, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, 4 to 6 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.

  2. Add kale to pan in two or three batches, waiting for one batch to wilt before adding the next. Cook over medium until bright green, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Uncover; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with sausage.

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  • Sam Buck
    3 JUN, 2012
    I realized after I started making this recipe that didn't have any red wine vinegar so I substituted it with a little lemon juice for the acidity. I doubled the amount of sausage and it was good! It claims it yields 4 servings but it made just enough for 2 of us. It's not a heavy meal, it definitely didn't fill us but it would be a good side to share with a family.