Monday, September 17, 2012

Potato, Kale, Farmer Sausage Soup

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 link farmer sausage, chopped fine
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 dried chili pepper
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp better than bouillon or 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 2 - 3 cups sliced baby potatoes, skin on
  • 1 sweet potato/yam or 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch kale (6 cups), chopped
  • extra crushed chiles, if needed and extra water if too thick
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup cream
Method:
  1. In a large pot, cook onion and farmer sausage until onion is soft.
  2. Add water and spices (chili pepper and peppercorns tied in cheesecloth) and bring to boil
  3. Add potatoes and sweet potato or carrots. Cook for 20 minutes
  4. Add kale and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Taste for flavor and add more chili if more zip is needed.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in cream. Serve with fresh bread, scones or bread sticks. When re-heating do not bring to boil with the cream in it.
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22 comments:

  1. I just told Doug yesterday how much I'm craving that delicious farmer's sausage we had at Lovella's this summer! Wow, I wish we could get that around here.

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    1. Regular cream - th kind you can whip to make whipping cream. Not sour cream.

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    2. Ok...I thought so :) Making this tonight...sounds so good! Thanks

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  3. I've made this various different ways but I've never thought of using Kale and chili pepper or sweet potato for that matter! Thanks for posting this, I will be trying this very soon!

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  4. Perfect. It's getting to be soup weather no doubt. I'll be using spinach which I have, and wishing I had sorrel. I first tasted a sorrel and potato soup at the home of Jewish-German friends. It didn't have meat, but used a rich home made chicken broth with lots of shmalz. It's all good, as someone said.

    Sharon

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  5. If you change the farmer sausage to spicy pork sausages you have Olive Garden's Potato soup.

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  6. That soup looks one of a kind. I'm dying to taste it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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  7. I am definitely trying out this soup once the weather turns 'fall'!!!!

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  8. Just wondering if this is quite spicy?

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    1. I don't think of it too spicy, but you could try 1/2 dried chili pepper if you want to check it out to begin with and add extra crushed chili pepper at the end. The Italian way is to use spicy ground pork sausage and that would be spicier than using farmer sausage.

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  9. Tried this last night - a great way to use my kale! The spiciness really adds something - great combo!

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  10. Yesterday, after trying to print this out - my printer went into a coma! Ha! We spent quite a while trying to work it up and finally today - I am printing and it is working! Can't wait to try this!

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  11. I have made quite a few of the wonderful recipes from the cookbook and on your site but when it comes to farmer sausage I havent a clue to what it is. I am from Pennsylvania what could i use in place of it here as I have asked many times in grocery store what is farmers sausage and they dont know. thank you. AND I LOVE LOVE the apple pie bars and ever since I started aking them I get request from everyone!

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    1. Mary, I'm kind of surprised that the Mennonites in Pennsylvania do not make a smoked pork sausage. It is fully cooked and smoked. Sometimes it is a blend of beef and pork. You can try any smoked pork sausages such as Bavarian smokies or European wieners ... or do the original method, using ground Italian sausage... which you can choose from mild to hot versions. Italian sausage needs to be sauteed and then drain off the fat before proceeding to add other ingredients.

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  12. I made this soup yesterday and it is delicious. My husband loves farmer's sausage and thinks using it in soup is really a waste of such goodness. He really liked the soup so I think this has changed his mind on that "waste" opinion. I go to your blog everyday and have used many of your recipes. Blessings on you gals.

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  13. by sweet potato do you mean Yam (orange color) or sweet potato (white/yellow color)? I'm finding a lot of recipes are mixing those 2 up and from the picture it looks orange so I'm assuming you mean yams (and since carrots, also orange colored, can be subbed)
    thanks!

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    1. I know there are questions about which color belongs to what name, and it almaost seems territorial. I asked the vegetable dep. head that works at Safeway where I live and he told me the orange fleshed ones are yams... so that is what I call yams. I understand that some other places refer to the sweet potatoes (white fleshed) as yams. I don't think it would matter in this soup which one you use.

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    2. If you Google sweet potatoes and yams you'll find they are 2 completely different vegetables. Sweet Potatoes come in two varieties orange and white and are interchangable in recipes. Yams have a dark spotted skin and are white inside.

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  14. I’ve seen progression in every post. Your newer posts are simply wonderful compared to your posts in the past. Keep up the good work

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