I developed this simple, one-dish meal as a way to use one of my favorite cooking greens — kale. There are several types of kale, and all are delicious in this recipe. Kale is a bona fide superfood, absolutely packed with nutrition. But we eat kale for the fabulous taste, especially in this recipe. On a nutrition note, the fat in this dish helps our bodies to absorb the nutrients in kale.
Kale Sausage Hash
2 TB olive oil
1 LB mild or hot Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 1/2 LB new potatoes, cut in to 1 inch chunks
one yellow onion, chopped
two big bunches of kale, chopped fine
salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
In a large, covered pot fry the sausage in the olive oil for a couple minutes. Add the onion and potatoes. Saute for 4 – 5 minutes, then add about 1/3 cup water. Keep the heat high, cover the pot, and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Uncover, stir the contents around and then pile the kale on top. If it doesn’t all fit at once, just cover the pot to let it wilt, then add the rest of the kale. Your goal is to have the potatoes cooked through, with a nice brown crust on the bottom of the pan, but not to let them burn. Total cooking time will be around 20 minutes, but much depends on your pan, and the heat output of your burner. You can always add a little water mid way through the cooking if it’s looking too dry. If there’s too much moisture, keep the lid off and let it evaporate. Season with salt and pepper, adding red pepper flakes to taste if you like it a little spicy.