What a pleasant surprise our lunch was today! It was ready in under 30 minutes and DELICIOUS! My husband isn’t as fond of kale as I am yet he dipped up seconds on this dish! That tells you how well smoked sausage and kale taste together. A flavor combination you really must try! The addition of leeks and yellow onion, with their sweet edge, really mellowed the kale’s “greens” taste as well! This quick and tasty dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo programs as well.
4 c. curly leaf kale, stemmed and cut into large pieces (3/4 bunch)
2 T. bacon grease
3 oz. yellow onion, cut up in wedges
1 leek, well-washed and chopped large
6 oz. smoked pork sausage
Coarse black pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS: Melt bacon grease in large pot over high heat. Add yellow onion and saute until it caramelizes. Add stemmed and washed kale to the pot. Add salt and pepper as well. Add enough water to just cover the kale. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes or until kale is softening. Add the chopped leek and continue simmering for only about 10 more minutes.
While the greens are cooking, cook the sausage in a separate skillet. I like to slice my links as shown above so the meat cooks more quickly and more evenly. Brown lightly on both sides over medium heat and remove when done. When the meat is done, the greens should also be done, as they won’t take long. Overcooked kale is not only unappealing in color (brownish-green) but they are both strong and bitter. I’m certain, such overcooking is why many people do not like them. They only take about 15-20 minutes TOTAL to get tender, keeping their mild, delicate flavor. Any longer on the heat and they are simply inedible, in my opinion. Remove from heat at 20 minutes, drain and plate 1/4 of the greens on each plate. Add 1/4 of the sausage on top of each serving of greens as shown above.
MY PERSONAL NOTE: Be sure to get a small bite of sausage with each bite of greens, you’ll be amazed at the almost sweet taste the flavor combo has in your mouth.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains:
307 cals, 22g fat, 11.45g carbs, 1.92g fiber, 9.53g NET CARBS, 19g protein, 809mg sodium