Lamb Merguez Sausage and Kale Stew

Before I came to the US, I had never seen Kale. Of course, once I came here, I heard about how nutritionists and doctors recommend Kale because it is packed with vitamins and other goodies.  So I tried experimenting with it a few times. First, I stir fried with some garlic and chili flakes and that came out okay but not something I would ever crave (and my first rule for all foods is that they have to taste great!). Then next time I added it to some couscous salad and that turned out really well. Of course, in this dish the taste of Kale was masked by the taste of other ingredients. Last week I tried Kale chips and those were a complete disaster!  Today I went back to the Farmer’s market and bought another bunch of Russian Kale and some artisanal Lamb Merguez sausage.  So tonight’s dinner was a spicy stew of Lamb Merguez Sausage and Kale and if I may say so myself – this was the best use of Kale ever.
I got the initial idea from another blogger who had sent me her recipe for an Italian Sausage and Kale soup (thanks Leslie of Dishing With Leslie!)  I adapted the recipe a bit – so that I could use some of the ingredients that I had on hand and some others that I tend to favor (fresh mint and fennel seeds) to just perk up the dish.

Ingredients:

1.    10 Lamb Merguez Sausages (mine were mint and fennel flavored)
2.    One medium onion
3.    One bunch of Russian Kale leaves (about 10 large leaves of any Kale would be good)
4.    10-12 baby peeled carrots (any carrots would do)
5.    One 32 oz Chicken Broth
6.    3 cloves of garlic
7.    ¼ cup heavy cream
8.    16 oz can of white beans
9.    16 oz can of garbanzo beans
10.    ½ teaspoon of chili flakes
11.    1 teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika
12.    ½ tablespoon of fennel seeds
13.    7-8 fresh mint leaves
14.    2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
15.    1 teaspoon of salt
16.    1 teaspoon of sugar

Directions:

1.    Peel and dice the onion and set them aside.


2.    Chop the carrots in bite sized pieces.


3.    Peel and thinly slice the garlic cloves.
4.    Chop the sausages in bit sized pieces.


5.    In a large heavy bottom pan, pour a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and heat it up on medium heat.
6.    When the oil is hot, add the diced onions to the pot and stir. Let the onions cook for 3-4 minutes.


7.    Then add the carrots and the sliced garlic pieces to the pot and stir. Cook for a minute or so.


8.    Add the chopped sausage pieces to the pot and let them cook for about 6-7 minutes (until the pieces of sausage look cooked). Stir them frequently to let the veggies and sausage pieces cook evenly on each side.
9.    Open the cans of beans and wash the beans out under cold water and add them to the pot.


10.    Add the chicken broth to the pot and also one cup of water and let the stew come up to a boil.
11.    Add salt, sugar, chili flakes, paprika,fennel seeds and mint leaves.


12.    Wash and Kale leaves and with a pair of kitchen scissors, remove the hard veins from the leaves. Chop the leafy portion of the Kale into bite sized pieces and add them to the pot.


13.    Let the stew simmer on low heat for another 6-7 minutes and then add the heavy cream and stir.


14.    Serve the stew piping hot with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil drizzles on top and a little bit of crumbled feta on top. A piece of crusty bread on the side makes it a wonderful complete meal.

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  1. Permalink Submitted by Mary Jo on Thu, 22/11/2012 - 02:45

    2 of my favorite ingredients! I will have to try this. I like to make caldo verde with kale, white beans, potatoes and Portuguese linguica sausage. Thiis recipe looks like it is related, but more interesting. And kales and tronchuda–a non heading cabbage/kale– were among the few things that survived the drought, deer, insects of the summer.
    Best wishes to you and your family for this holiday!

  2. Permalink Submitted by Shabnam on Thu, 22/11/2012 - 11:43

    HEYYYYY Mary-Jo, yes, it is very similar to the Portuguese Sausage-Kale Soup. I just added what I had at home and it turned out really good! It was the first time that I made use of Russian Kale in my cooking – it worked well in the this soup. I hope all is well with you – Happy Thanksgiving to you!!! XOXO

    • Permalink Submitted by Daphne on Tue, 27/11/2012 - 21:28

      I ate a lot of kale this summer as I found a recipe for a very simple salad from the Kootenay Co-operative cookbook. It is so nutritious! I know quite a few people of Portuguese descent here in Victoria, and they all grow and eat kale!

      Thank you for this lovely recipe!

      • Permalink Submitted by Shabnam on Tue, 27/11/2012 - 22:00

        Hey Daphne! Yes this stew is very similar to the Portuguese Kale and Sausage Soup….I just adapted mine to the ingredients I had in my pantry that day and it came out really well. If you try this, I’d love some feedback from you! Thanks for all your support for my baby blog – I really appreciate it!

  3. Permalink Submitted by Brianna on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 00:02

    YUM! I made this soup last night, and it was incredibly comforting and delicious. Even better, it’s easy to make and it’s ready in about 30 minutes. I held the dairy this time, and even without the cream and feta, it was fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Permalink Submitted by Shabnam on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 15:05

      OOOOH, thanks for the feedback Brianna 🙂 I am so happy you liked my recipe – you made my day!!! Yes, it is okay without the dairy too, I actually added the feta to give the picture some contrasting color for the blog-pic (otherwise the soup tasted great but didn’t look very appetizing). Do try my other recipes too! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. Permalink Submitted by Sue on Wed, 29/06/2016 - 22:08

    Just made this and it turned out great!

    • Permalink Submitted by Shabnam on Thu, 30/06/2016 - 00:15

      Great!!! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

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