This Braised Cabbage with Potatoes and Smoked Sausages is the kind of down home dish that's tummy filling and simple to prepare. Sweet green cabbage is braised in bacon drippings then cooked with slices of smoked sausage and tender Yukon Gold potatoes. This braised cabbage is just the kind of skillet meal you make not because it's fancy, but because it's just good eating.
Braised Cabbage with Potatoes and Smoked Sausages
This braised cabbage skillet is the kind of dish that my Mom and Gramma's would make. They would certainly have started with homegrown cabbage braised with their favorite seasoning of choice, smoked bacon. It makes a great main dish accompaniment to a pan of buttered cornbread or a bowl of pinto beans, or both. It's filled with the comforting downhome flavors that we've all come to love.
Braised Cabbage with Potatoes is a Budget Friendly Main Dish
Cabbage is often overlooked when it comes to a great option for a main course meal. It' inexpensive and filling, a terrific combination. When serving this braised cabbage, the amount of servings can vary depending on the appetites of those you're serving. As a rule of thumb, as a side dish you may yield 6 servings and as a main dish 3-4. It proves that food doesn't have to be fancy or expensive to be good and family pleasing. I would put this dish in the category of honest eats, that satisfy the soul. Another classic cabbage dish you may like is this Cabbage Roll Casserole from Comfortable Food.
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Braised Cabbage With Potatoes And Smoked Sausages
Servings: 4 servings
- 3 slices thick cut bacon cut into 1" pieces
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 oz fully cooked smoked turkey or kielbasa sausage sliced
- 1 cup green onions thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt [more or less to your taste]
- ¼ teaspoon fennel seed
- 2 cups 1" cubed Yukon gold/red potatoes
- 1 3 lb head cabbage cut into 1" pieces
- ⅔ cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro
- In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until crisp, then remove from the pan using a slotted spoon. Reserve 4 tablespoon drippings in pan.
- Add oil and sliced smoked sausages to the pan drippings. Cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes until the sausage slices are beginning to brown.
- Add chopped green onions, minced garlic, pepper flakes, seasoned salt and fennel seed. Cook for around 1-2 minutes just until fragrant.
- Top with potatoes and cabbage. Pour chicken stock and cider vinegar over cabbage. Season with black pepper to your taste.
- Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender and the cabbage is cooked through, stir occasionally.
- Uncover, and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook uncovered until the pan juices have evaporated and the cabbage is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Stir well, taste and adjust salt and black pepper to your taste.
- Serve with a sprinkle of parsley or cilantro and top with crumbled bacon.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1591mg | Potassium: 854mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg
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This was very good! I did change a bit here and there. I figured we could minus the bacon just because. I’m sure it added great flavor but without it, it was still delicious. After cooking the sausage I did discard most of the oil in the pan. I added a large carrot cut thin with the potatoes. Very good! I also added just 1/2 of the red pepper and glad I did. It was plenty hot for us 🔥.
Thanks for the great recipe!
By seasoned salt do you mean Lawrys?
You can use any brand that you enjoy, sure.
Made this for dinner last night. Amazing and delicious.
So good! Made this recipe today and we loved it! Husband said we are making this again and with in a month. He really loved it too. Added a Little extra sausage. I love cabbage so I’m always looking for recipes with cabbage. Thank you so much this was amazing.
Thanks so much!
I used Lawry's salt and left out the fennel seed (didn't have it on hand) and the red pepper flakes because my kids won't do spice at any level, but it was delicious! Even the kids ate it with minimal complaints. I'm definitely putting it on our meal rotation, and happy to have a gluten free meal in my pocket when needed!
I'm so happy you all enjoyed it, thanks!
Is this dish europian inspired?it’s very tasty,we used smoked sausage with bacon.
Hi Tim, we have many influences on our food in America from all over the world. This type of cabbage dish has been made (and served) in the South for eons. You can never go wrong with bacon!
I had no time so I put some olive oil in frying pan with sausage , onions , red peppers and garlic, meanwhile I put diced potatoes in the microwave for 4 minutes, I added them to the sausage mixture along with some coleslaw mixture I had on hand. Added salt and pepper and cooked till the cabbage was as I like a little crunchy. I added some sweet chili sauce, loved it. Thanks for the foundation.
This was EXCELLENT! I bought sausage from a local meat shop and decided to use this recipe. I like sausage and cabbage but hadn’t made it myself before. This packed so much more flavor and kick than I expected. I will definitely keep this at the top of my list.
Hi Briana, I'm so happy you enjoyed this, thank you!
Paula from Chicago...🐾🐾
Absolutely loved it...I even froze some hopefully it's ok to freeze?
I doubled the recipe...Thank You so much👍
Hi Paula, I haven't frozen this but it will likely do fine. You may need to reheat and evaporate any liquid from freezing in a skillet when you're ready to enjoy.
Very tasty recipe but I needed more liquid and some of my food burned before I caught that I needed more liquid. I was cooking it on medium-low. I would add to keep an eye on the liquid, 2/3 cup isn’t much.
It's important to stir this occasionally to prevent sticking. Like any dish, if left alone, it could burn. That's also the time to assess if the liquid is evaporating more quickly. That sounds like what happened. Next time, stir it periodically and make that call in real time.
Such a wonderful recipe!!! My Husband and I love this cabbage and I used smoked brats. Fixing garlic cheese French bread. Thank you for sharing!!
September 8, 2021
Hi Shirley, I'm so happy you guys enjoyed it, thanks!
I made this tonight with cornbread for dinner and actually added extra red pepper flakes. It was so delicious. It’s a new favorite! Thank you for sharing!
I'm so happy you enjoyed it, thanks!
A local farmer put out free cabbage, squash and potatoes yesterday, so I made this today. It is absolutely amazing! Even without the red pepper. My mom is sensitive to pepper so I omitted it.
Will definitely be making this again.
Thanks for a great recipe! And thanks to our local farmer!
Thanks so much Lorna!
I thought the crushed red pepper was very overwhelming, to the point where we couldn’t taste anything else. I would definitely like to have tasted more fennel. Will make this again but use 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper and 1 tsp fennel seed.
In knowing that you're sensitive to spice going forward when making a recipe, you should adapt those components to your taste from the get go. Red pepper flakes can easily be adjusted to taste.
I just finished eating this wonderful dish! I had no idea this recipe had so much flavor! Everything in this recipe compliments every ingredient! Excellent recipe! Thank you!
Thank you so much!
I have made this dish many ways but this is by far the most tasty and easy too! Even without the bacon
This recipe was so good!
Elizabeth M. Hallgring
This recipe is perfect. My friends and family fell in love with the crisp, flavorful cabbage, and the kielbasa is a delicious marriage with it. Just so great!
Thank you so much!
This was delicious. How long can you store it in the refrigerator?
Leftovers will keep for up to 3 days.
What about using grated carrots?
You could add carrots, if you like.
Made this for dinner today. Didn't have red potatoes so used white. It was awesome! Very tasty! Hubby said don't lose that recipe! We had home made Polish sausage in the freezer 😁
Love it, thanks!