Gruenkohl und Pinkel - Kale and Sausage - North German Specialty

Gruenkohl und Pinkel german kale and sausages
Ratings (17)
  • Total: 105 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
315 Calories
21g Fat
15g Carbs
18g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cooked kale and sausage is a delicious winter comfort food. Germans celebrate winter with a "Gruenkohlfahrt", which is a brisk hike accompanied by schnapps and a warm kale dinner afterward. Cooked kale is mixed with mustard, bacon, and sausage for a nutritious dinner.

Makes 2 to 3 large portions


  • 1 lb. kale, about 12 oz. cleaned and chopped
  • 2 pieces of bacon chopped, or 50 grams of "Bauchspeck" diced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • Optional: pepper to taste
  • 4 various sausages, such as bratwurst, frankfurters or other
  • Thick slice of ham (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Clean kale, remove the thick middle stem and chop. Blanch for 1 minute in boiling water and drain. You may also use frozen kale (looks like spinach) if you can find it (frozen kale is popular in Germany).

  2. Brown the bacon in a pan, sauté the onion in it and add the kale. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then add water to cover. Stir in beef bouillon. Simmer for 30 minutes.

  3. Add the mustard and stir. Place the sausages and meat on top of the kale and simmer for another 30 minutes. Pepper to taste, salt only after tasting as the meat is salty.

  4. Serve with boiled potatoes and potatoes browned in butter and sugar.

Note: Everyone has different ways of eating kale, one of the most famous is called "Gruenkohl und Pinkel" (also "Bregenwurst", or "Grützwurst") a sausage which traditionally contained brain (not any longer), oats, bacon and pork, and is flavored with allspice, cloves, pepper and maybe marjoram. The recipes are held secret and every family has its favorite butcher.