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Bratwurst with Collards and Rice

Hearty greens and smoky sausages are brightened up with a hit of vinegar for a flavor-rich yet budget-friendly dish.

  • Servings: 4
Bratwurst with Collards and Rice

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, December 2011


  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked bratwurst or kielbasa, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch collard greens, tough stems and ribs removed, leaves torn into large pieces (4 cups)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add bratwurst and cook, stirring often, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add collards, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, until collards are just tender, 7 minutes. Stir in vinegar and serve with rice.

Reviews (5)

  • cheftb 20 Dec, 2013

    Update: We still love this meal but we have started to substitute the meat for a nitrate-free sausage (we were using kielbasa). Still good but not quite the same and definitely more expensive (the meat costs 3x more now).

  • Eviebelle 20 Aug, 2013

    This was easy and actually quite tasty. I was suspicious of it, because it contained no seasonings other than salt and pepper, and we love herbs and spices at my house. But I followed the recipe, and was pleasantly surprised. I used a delicious smoked chicken spicy Italian sausage, and I think that the lack of seasoning in the recipe means the sausage you choose will make or break your dish. We don't care for vinegar so I left it out. The onions sweetened up the collards' bitterness nicely.

  • Mrs Levine 7 Jul, 2013

    My husband and I both LOVE this dish. It's especially great after a long day at work, knowing dinner will be very easy to prepare. To save time, I often chop the onion and collard greens the night before. Also, I use microwave- cook rice instead, which takes just 90 sec.

  • Rachel Ray 6 Apr, 2013

    Very yummy!! Can be served with toasted buttered French bread.

  • cheftb 3 Feb, 2013

    We liked this a lot. Will double the recipe next time. Great inexpensive dinner.

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