Chicken Apple Sausage with Kale and Dried Cranberries

Chicken Apple Sausage with Kale and Dried Cranberries (Serves 2)

I succumb to the temptation of Lacinato Kale every time we meet. Kale comes home with me even when I have plenty of other vegetables in my refrigerator. And I can never make kale wait; I’m always ready to strip its stems and start cooking. Ordinary cooking methods leave kale tough, but pressure cooking uncovers its tenderness. I guess I’m in love.

Prep Time and Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredient list:

Chicken Apple Sausage
1 bunch of kale (10-12 stems)
1 sweet yellow onion
Apple cider vinegar
Dried cranberries infused with apple juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder
Black pepper

Directions: Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pressure cooker over medium heat. Chop onion into bite-sized pieces. Add to pot with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper and cook several minutes until soft, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Rinse kale well. Strip leaf from stems, discard stems, and add to pot. Season with a dusting of salt and garlic powder. Splash apple cider vinegar generously over the kale. Add about 1/4 cup of water. Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces and add to pot. Lock top on pressure cooker. Increase heat to high. After achieving high pressure, reduce heat to the lowest level consistent with maintaining high pressure. Cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, allow pressure to come down naturally, and remove top. Throw in a big handful of dried cranberries. Use a slotted spoon to transfer everything to plates and enjoy!

Notes: I love my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker 7.4-Quart that I ordered from After reading a bunch of pressure cooker reviews, I decided to spend a little extra to get the one the New York Times described as the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers. I’m glad I did. Kuhn Rikon is a Swiss company. Pressure cookers are so popular in Switzerland that the average household has three! I have not purchased a second one yet, but could use one to prepare vegetables separately while longer cooking meat dishes are in their final minutes.

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3 Responses to “Chicken Apple Sausage with Kale and Dried Cranberries”

  1. Looks Tasty! Can I make this even if I don’t have a pressure cooker?

    • Tom Denham says:

      I think if you add more water and cook it in a covered pan or pot over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, you should get similar results. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Okay, thanks..will try that:)

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