Last week, I bought a huge head of cabbage from the farmers market that is literally bigger than my head. I love cabbage, but for some reason, I have not cooked with it that much. Consequently, it has just been sitting in the fridge, patiently waiting its turn while I decide what to cook.
My first attempt was at cabbage rolls. It was one of those days where I didn’t feel like reading any recipes, so I winged it. Meh, they turned out okay, but will definitely require some modifications.
Of course, I had plenty leftover, and decided to take a stab at Kielbasa and Cabbage. Lately, I have seen a lot of posts on Instagram with Kielbasa and Cabbage that always look so wonderful. I found this recipe online that looked simple enough, just the way I like it. I have to confess I did not know what Kielbasa was (polish sausage, duh!), and just used leftover Italian sausage from the fridge. It still turned out delicious, but I have a feeling using Kielbasa would take the flavor to another level. I already bought some to use for next time. This is an easy, easy recipe that can be whipped up ahead of time for lunch or even a light dinner. And, you just cannot go wrong with bacon.
- 1 large head Cabbage, cut into small wedges
- 1 lb Polish kielbasa
- 6 slices Bacon
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup Water
- 3 tsp Caraway seed
- 2 tsp minced Garlic
- 1/4 tsp crushed Red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp Seasoning salt
- In a large skillet, fry bacon over medium high heat until browned, turning once. Remove bacon from pan, leave drippings in pan. Place bacon on paper towels.
- Stir water, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, seasoning salt, and caraway seeds into drippings. Add cabbage, and gently stir. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
- Add kielbasa to the pan. Cover, and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Crumble bacon over top, serve hot.
- The original recipe calls for 2 Tbsp white sugar, which I omitted. I did use a little bit of honey, but I'm not sure if it made any difference, because I didn't really taste any sweetness. I probably won't even worry about it next time.