Jim Core's Kale Jambalaya

Jim Core's Kale Jambalaya is another one of our favorite ways to eat sturdy green, which is an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C. If you don't make it to the market this Saturday or to Domenica during September to try this delicious dish, you can try it at home.  Market staff likes to use Cajun Grain's locally grown brown jasmine rice in this dish.


  • 2 bunches fresh kale
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds andouille sausage, cut into round slices
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


Thoroughly wash kale, then chop coarsely. In a 4-1/2-quart saucepan, combine kale with stock, onion, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove from heat and set aside (do not drain).

Sauté andouille in a frying pan until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Fry bacon until crisp, then drain on paper towels and crumble.

Combine water and rice in a 4-1/2 quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until rice is tender.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine kale (with all of the pot liquor), andouille, and rice; season with Creole seasoning. (Jim prefers the seasoning of his fellow farmers market vendor, Tom Bonnacaze.) Place mixture in a 9x12-inch baking pan. Mix bread crumbs with crumbled bacon and sprinkle on top of the jambalaya. Drizzle melted butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees until bread crumbs are lightly browned.

Serves 8-10

Recipe compliments of Jim Core

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