Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage

This recipe for Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage was something I was pointed towards a few years ago when I was inundated with a bountiful cabbage harvest, I didn’t invent, but we sure do love it. Plus fried cabbage and sausage makes a quick weeknight meal everyone in our house will happily eat. I love those kinds of meals, don’t you?

This recipe for Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage was something I was pointed towards a few years ago when I was inundated with bountiful cabbage. #cabbagerecipe #southerncabbage #cabbagerecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #dinnerrecipe

Eating from the Garden

I love this time of year, the garden is pumping out the last of its goodness up here in Alaska, the trees are a glorious gold, and there is fresh snow on the mountains that won’t be melting anytime soon. We’ve just got a real good hard frost that finally took down just about everything left standing in the garden, like the peas and the last few pumpkins which had survived early lighter frosts. We’ve got a lot of cabbages, potatoes, and kale coming in soon, maybe even tonight, we’ll see how motivated we are after school lets out. Eating out of the garden is kind of an adventure game too, what can I make with potatoes today, except sub in carrots or cabbage or kale on any given day.

This recipe for Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage was something I was pointed towards a few years ago when I was inundated with bountiful cabbage. #cabbagerecipe #southerncabbage #cabbagerecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #dinnerrecipe

Smothered Cabbage and More

There’s so much you can do with cabbage. Hot dishes like Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls, or Roasted Cabbage with Cheese Sauce, Hot Egg Roll Salad or Apple Cabbage Stuffed Pork Chops. Even cold dishes like Avocado Mango Coleslaw, Apple Cabbage Coleslaw with Bacon and especially Fermented Sauerkraut. But sometimes you just want for something else, something new to you and when Smothered Cabbage was suggested to us it was new to me, but now it’s an old favorite. Maybe you’re looking for something to do with all the cabbage that’s available this time of year?

Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage

This recipe for Smothered Cabbage was something I was pointed towards a few years ago when I was inundated with a bountiful cabbage harvest, I didn't invent but we sure do love it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Alaskan, American
Servings: 4 generous servings

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced smoked sausage like Hillshire Farms, I used a similar style locally made sausage
  • 1 medium cabbage chopped
  • 1/4 cup water may need more
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chile powder use cayenne or chipotle if you like a lot of heat I use ancho for great flavor and mild heat** use more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • heat the oil in a dutch oven
  • cook the onions for about 3-5 minutes
  • increase the heat to medium high, add the sausage and let it brown up
  • add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds
  • then add half the chopped cabbage, 2 TBSP of water, the paprika and the chile powder
  • stir to loosen any brown crispy bits
  • then reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook 5 minutes
  • meanwhile crush the fennel seeds and the celery seeds and stir them in to the cabbage
  • after 5 minutes add the rest of the cabbage and the rest of the water
  • cover and cook about 10 minutes stirring occasionally, if you notice it's getting dry add another 2 TBSP of water, in theory the cabbage should be releasing it's own water and won't need any extra but sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't
  • after cooking for 10 minutes, taste for salt and pepper, add as needed and serve while hot

Smothered Cabbage is done when it’s cooked to your liking so if you like your fried cabbage crisp-tender you may only want to cook it for 5 minutes after adding the last cabbage–but if you prefer it really softened and well done you may want to increase the final cook time to 15 minutes.

This recipe for Smothered Cabbage with Smoked Sausage was something I was pointed towards a few years ago when I was inundated with bountiful cabbage. #cabbagerecipe #southerncabbage #cabbagerecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #dinnerrecipe