Close your eyes and imagine a visit to New York’s vibrant Little Italy, home to dishes like this mouth watering Italian sausage stew with peppers and crispy kale
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion (finely sliced)
- 2 red pepper (halved, deseeded and finely sliced)
- 2 yellow peppers (halved, deseeded and finely sliced)
- 8 Italian sausages
- 2 garlic cloves (finely sliced)
- 7 fl oz light red or dry white wine
- 7 fl oz hot vegetable or chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- For the crispy kale
- 3.5oz kale (chopped)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Heat the oil in a large pan and add the sliced onion and peppers. Stir everything together then add 1 tbsp water and turn the heat down low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every now and then. Add a drizzle more water if the pan looks dry during this stage.
- Brown the sausages in a separate pan. Stir the garlic into the peppers and cook for 1 minute. Add the sausages to the pepper mixture, along with the wine, stock, herbs and vinegar and continue to cook, covered for a further 15 minutes.
- Preheat a skillet or grill pan. Rub the kale with oil and season well. Spread out in skillet or on grill pan, cooking until the edges are starting to crisp up.
- Divide the sausages and stew among four bowls, top with the kale and serve.
Photo: Jane Charlesworth / CC BY