Monday, February 9, 2015

Sausage, Kale, and Egg Soup

Last week was Dumpling Week here in PDX and I was lucky enough to go to Aviary for a dumpling date with my boyfriend.  Aviary is an amazing restaurant that has been on my list to try for years now and I just got around to it and they did not disappoint me one bit.  Their food was so delicious, we shared a warm vegetable salad, chantrelle raviolis, and of course the Chinese soup style dumplings (special for dumpling week).  The interesting thing about these dumplings was there was broth in each dumpling so when you popped it in your mouth it was a burst of soup and other delightful filling, I could have eaten a million of them (pictured below).  So if you live in Portland and still haven't been to Aviary, it is totally worth checking out.  This past weekend we also had the privilege of dog-sitting for my older brother, it was so nice to have two pups running around and keeping things lively.  Then on Saturday night we had a few of our friends over for a dinner and slumber party, I adapted this soup and it was a hit and perfect for the extremely stormy weekend we had here in PDX.  Also happy national pizza day, I could use some extra cheesy pizza right about now!

Serves 8-10

The Ingredients
1 lb ground pork
8 eggs, hard boiled, quartered
1 onion, chopped
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
3 cups vegetable broth
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1 bunch kale chopped
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
1 bunch green onions

The Process

1.  Place ground sausage in slow cooker, break up with spoon into smaller chunks so that they separate while cooking.

2.  In a skillet saute onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent, then put in crock pot.

3.  Put all the ingredients in the crock pot except for coconut milk, eggs, kale, and green onions.
Cook on low for 5-6 hrs.

4.  15 minutes before crock pot has completed toss in coconut milk, hard boiled eggs, kale, and green onions.  Once kale has softened and the soup is hot again it is ready to serve.

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