I found this dish had a lot of potential but really lacking in flavor. It was quite bland and I figured out why. Why simmer canned beans for 8 hours and then discard the onion and garlic? This caused everything at this point to be way over done (8 hours cooking on LOW). Why add garlic salt when you've added fresh garlic cloves and kosher salt? Increase the garlic cloves and kosher salt. Lastly, by adding the sausage only long enough to smell the sausage fails to infuse it's flavor into the beans. Bottom line, cook the whole thing except for the kale for about 4 to 5 hours. That said, I made it again, added 3 chopped serrano peppers, 1 with seeds, increased the garlic cloves 8 fold and added the kale half way through. To me, the secret here is to infuse all of these wonderful flavors including the sausage into the beans and kale.
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I found this dish had a lot of potential but really lacking in flavor. It was quite bland and...