Sausage and Kale with Lentils Recipe

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This dish can also be made outdoors on a grate over a medium-high fire.
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“Cast Iron Cooking” by Rachael Narins has readers covered from breakfast to dinner to dessert. Full-color photos bring the recipes of life, and tip for outdoor cooking make this a book that will travel to many a campsite or a hunting cabin.
4-6 Servings SERVINGS


  • 4 cups dried brown lentils
  • 6 cups plus 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 uncooked garlic sausages, split lengthwise
  • 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Combine the lentils, 6 cups of water, and salt to taste in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer over medium-low and cook until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the sausages and roast, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, using your hands, crush the kale until it’s limp.
  • When the sausage is cooked, add the crushed kale and garlic. Sauté, turning often, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon water, season to taste with salt and pepper, and cover. Let cook for 2 minutes, then uncover and add the lentils. Continue to cook, covered, until the lentils are warmed through, about 3 minutes.

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    Excerpted from Cast-Iron Cooking (c) Rachael Narins. Photographs by (c) Keller + Keller Photography. Used with permission of Storey Publishing. Buy this book from our store: Cast-Iron Cooking.

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Sausage and Kale, paired with lentils, is a hearty dish. Crushing the kale a little with your hands softens it and makes the texture more manageable. Leftovers can be chopped up and added to a rich chicken stock for a filling soup.

Sausage and Kale with Lentils Recipe

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