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North German Gruenkohl (Kale) and Sausage

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"A north German specialty, Gruenkohl (kale) and sausage was something with which my mother-in-law warmed our hearts and tummies in the winter. The north Germans serve this with boiled potatoes."
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1 h 45 m servings 828
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and stir in the kale; boil for 1 minute, and remove from the water with a slotted spoon. Set the blanched kale aside.
  2. Place bacon into a large skillet over medium heat, and cook until browned, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Stir in the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the blanched kale, and cook until kale is bright green and starting to turn tender, about 4 minutes. Pour in enough water to cover, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and stir in the beef bouillon granules and nutmeg. Simmer the kale until tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir the mustard into the kale, and lay the ham slices and sausage links on top. Simmer the kale, ham, and sausages until the sausages are cooked through, about 35 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 828 calories; 66.1 17.8 38.7 161 2599 Full nutrition

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Absolut lecker!!Yum, yum in German. A variation on traditional German Winter "greens" (in Hessen, we make ours much the same, but with smoked hocks and no bacon). I made this with the bacon and ...

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Logically, I made a few changes which make this basic recipe simplier. After boiling the kale and adding it to the bacon and onion mixture and seasoning it, it was ready to eat. Adding any wurst...

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Absolut lecker!!Yum, yum in German. A variation on traditional German Winter "greens" (in Hessen, we make ours much the same, but with smoked hocks and no bacon). I made this with the bacon and ...

Absolutely delicious! My German husband and his German mother Loved this! It has become a family favorite! I use a whole onion and add 2 cloves of garlic. Comes out perfect! I also serve with a...

This recipe far exceeded my expectations! I thought it sounded good and seemed like a good way to use up some ingredients I happened to have. The end result was much better than I expected. I ma...

We enjoyed this. My husband isn't a huge fan of kielbasa, but had seconds of this and said he would eat it again. I served it over boiled red potatoes. Also, did add ham because I didn't have...

Hi I am soooo happy to find this recipe but I am born in the Ammerland in germany which is ground zero for gruehnkohl.The basic recipe is ok. But first at all use smoked pork belly instead of co...

Ser gut! This was exactly what the doctor ordered on our first frigid night of the winter season. Filling, hearty and flavorful.

So delicious! I made a few tweaks though. I added fresh chopped garlic cloves(3). Cut up the bacon with an added 4th strip. Used spicy mustard. Skipped the ham because we didn't have any unfort...

Just like my mother used to make it and she is from Wennebostel/Wedemark. Thanks for the this recipe

I didn't have any onions or beef bouillon and didn't want to run to the store, so sub'd some beef onion soup mix. It turned out great. I also only used kielbasa, but other than that followed t...