Posts Tagged ‘cabbage’


Sassy Sausage and Cabbage

December 21, 2011

This recipe is loosely based on one that is on many recipe sites, called Fiesta Cabbage.This is my kicked up version. Quick and easy – no doubt you have most of the ingredients on hand.If you don’t,add what you have! Whether  green,yellow or red peppers,snow peas, even green beans,almost any veggie works! Just make sure to add the longer cooking ones first.  Try it,you’ll like it.I promise!

  • 1 lb. sausage,whatever kind you like,whatever is on sale, (I’ve used everything from hot and spicey,to apple)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 16 oz. can pineapple,half drained 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes,half drained
  • 2 lbs. cabbage (1 medium head),chopped
  • 1 medium or half of a large purple onion
  • 2T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. black pepper

Cut the sausage into 1/4 inch slices.Brown well in a large saute pan. Set the browned sausage aside. Melt the butter in the pan, scraping up the sausage bits. Add the chopped cabbage and toss well to coat. Saute for  5 minutes on medium heat.

Add the purple onion to the pan, toss well and cook another 5 minutes.

Dissolved the brown sugar in the tomatoes and pineapple. Add the pepper and stir together. Pour over the cabbage. Put the browned sausage in next. Stir well to coat cabbage and sausage with sassy sauce.

 Continue cooking on medium heat,until cabbage is softened but not mush (yuk!) and juices reduce and thicken a bit,about 15 minutes.Pour into serving dish,family style.

Our favorite way to eat it is served over rice. It seems to soak up the flavors better than noodles.I make a ring of rice on the plates and serve the sassy sausage and cabbage in the middle.


Cabbage and Noodles (Haluski)

March 17, 2011

Lately my Mom has been on my mind -more so than usual. She lives in another state and I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. I wish she had been able to live with us as she wanted, but since that was not possible I often make the comfort foods that remind me of her. With cabbage on sale for St.Patrick’s Day,I am choosing  to honor my Mom with a very simple dish she loved. Though I love a good corned beef, I always omit the cabbage as it just doesn’t give this vegetable the taste it is capable of having.You will find the cabbage in this carmelized sweet, and peppery at the same time.It brings back warm wonderful memories of the very best friend and Mom a girl could have.I love you Mum ❤

  • 1 medium head cabbage,cored and diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion,diced
  • 3 T.butter
  • 1 lb. medium wide flat noodles,boiled in salted water,set aside
  • black pepper- lots of it!

Boil the water for your noodles. Drop noodles in  for about 8 minutes,drain and set aside.Add a bit of butter to them so they don’t stick.

Melt butter in large saute pan. Add onion and cabbage.Stir to coat all pieces with butter. 


 Sprinkle a layer of pepper over all.Black pepper has oils in it.Adding it while cooking brings out the oils and infuses it thoughout the dish.

 Brown your cabbage slowly. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour for it to look like this. It’s now ready to add the noodles to it.

Add the noodles to the cabbage in the pan-so that you get every morsel of flavor in them.Stir in a bit of salt and like my Mom did,I add more pepper!

Transfer to a large serving bowl.This is one from a set we had when I was young.Serve hot as a side (perhaps with your corned beef!) or by itself. A bowl full of loving memories for me.