North German Gruenkohl (Kale) and Sausage Recipe -
North German Gruenkohl (Kale) and Sausage Recipe
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North German Gruenkohl (Kale) and Sausage

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"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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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 25 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 19, 2011

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 we LOVED it, so it's going in my pot of this warming, filling Winter dish from now on. Oh, use thick sliced bacon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 20, 2013

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 or sausage would have taken any "body" away from the kale. The grated nutmeg added the perfect finish to a great dish. I may serve it over or mix with boiled potatoes to create a great Dutch dish, Boerekohl!

Feb 18, 2012

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 warm loaf of french bread or sourdough.

Mar 08, 2012

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 made a few minor changes. I added two cloves minced garlic with the onion and I used a whole onion. as several other reviewers suggested. I also added a few fennel seeds.

Feb 22, 2012

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 any, but I can see how it would be tasty.

Jan 03, 2012

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

Mar 03, 2012

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 unfortunately. Instead of kielbasa I cut 4 Italian w/ mozzarella cheese sausages into it. My family loved it! Thank you.

Dec 25, 2011

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


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  • Calories
  • 828 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 161 mg
  • 54%
  • Fat
  • 66.1 g
  • 102%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 38.7 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 2696 mg
  • 108%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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