Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chicken Sausages with Kale and White Beans

I must admit, I’ve been rather lazy with my CSA this year.  This is my fourth year doing one, and I’ve become more knowledgeable about unfamiliar vegetables.  I now know what works, and what doesn’t work.  So, with the last three bunches of kale I’ve gotten, I’ve mainly been making kale chips, because they are ridiculously easy and surprisingly tasty.  But, The Boy isn’t a fan of them.  And, I want to cook with kale in a way he will enjoy it.  So I browsed my favorite recipe sources, and quickly discovered a recipe I already had all the ingredients for.

Not only did The Boy enjoy this dish, he called dibs on leftovers!  He also insisted I make this again.  I know he likes greens, I just don’t get around to cooking them, mainly because I never know what healthy main course to serve them with.  This recipe solved that problem by pairing the cooked kale with spicy italian sausages.  If it involves the word spicy, I know he’ll like it.  It’s hard to describe this dish, except to say it just pairs well.  The wilted greens are accented by white beans, and a tang of white wine vinegar.  The broiled italian sausages make for a no-work main course, and are the perfect savory addition.  Best of all, this dish really fills you up, without a lot of carbs.  I’m just mad I don’t get the leftovers!


Chicken Sausages with Kale and White Beans


1 large bunch kale (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
4 garlic cloves
1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian chicken sausages (about 8 links)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar


Remove thick stems from kale and discard. Coarsely chop kale; wash and dry. Peel and thinly slice garlic.

Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. With a fork, pierce sausages all over; place on a broilerproof rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

While sausages are cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add kale, garlic, and 1/2 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cover skillet and cook, tossing occasionally, until kale is wilted and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and rinse beans; add to skillet along with vinegar. Cook uncovered, tossing gently, until beans are heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Slice chicken sausage and serve atop kale & beans.

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8 Responses to “Chicken Sausages with Kale and White Beans”

  1. 1
    Melissa @MyMcDonaldMeal — June 29, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    This looks great and sound good. Two things I love- beans and kale. I like the chicken sausage idea too. Spicy or mild? I get to pick a CSA for a friend that’s on vacation tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what will be waiting for me.

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    Erin — June 29, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    Oh, I wish you’d posted this last week! I had Kale in my CSA share, and I made kale chips… which I didn’t like much at all. This recipe sounds much more to my liking. Now I hope I get more kale, so I can try this recipe!

  3. 3
    Janet Foster — June 30, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    This sounds great. This is a really good picture. What kind of camera do you use?

  4. 4
    Kira — June 30, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    That’s so funny because kale chips are pretty much the ONLY way Joe will eat all that kale. Well, he eats it other ways, but he always asks for kale chips. But maybe you’re right; if I just throw some spicy sausages in there, he’ll probably love it!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — July 7, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

    I made something just like this awhile back only I used arugula instead of kale…I would love to try it with chard, too. Yum! This is such a good go to weeknight dinner.

  6. 6

    I’ve been looking for more recipes involving kale. Going to try this! Still dying to do the chips though!

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