Southern fried cabbage made with smoked beef sausage is a very quick and super delicious side dish or main meal. Full of tender and juicy cabbage, onions, and plump pieces of beef sausage.
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Fried cabbage has been a staple in many households for centuries. It is one of our absolute favorite dishes to make. We enjoy it as a side, or sometimes as a main meal. With the addition of the smoked sausage, it is hearty enough to be a stand-alone meal.
How to prepare the head of cabbage:
Grab yourself a medium to large head of cabbage. First thing first, wash the head of cabbage thoroughly. Once it is washed, cut it right down the middle so that you have two halves. Next cut the core out from the bottom end.
How to cut the core out of the head of cabbage:
After the head of cabbage is cut in half, you will cut each side of the core from the top, to the bottom. Next, make a slit in the top piece of the core. The cuts should be deep, but not penetrate all the way through the other side of the cabbage.
Use your hands to pull the core out. You will end up with a hole of sorts, in the end of the cabbage. Lay the cabbage flat on the cutting board, and begin to slice it into bite size pieces. How you cut the cabbage is not extremely important, just cut it into sizes that are bitew size.
What meat goes into the fried cabbage:
For this recipe we added smoked beef sausage. You can find these in your groceries deli department. Look for a rope style sausage that is found near the bacon and hot dogs (reference recipe card below).
Often times, people add bacon to their fried cabbage. This is a delicious addition as well. If you are using bacon be sure that you drain off any excess grease that the bacon creates. One thing you do not want, is greasy cabbage!
How to fry the cabbage:
Be sure that you use a pretty large skillet, with a lid. If you are adding the smoked sausage or any other meat, be sure to cook the meat first. Add the cabbage into the skillet once the meat is cooked. You may have to add the cabbage in handfuls, and give it time to wilt.
After you add all of the cabbage and onions to the skillet, add all of the seasonings. As I often say, adjust the seasonings according to your taste! Please adjust your seasonings accordingly!
Use a spoon or a spatula, stir the cabbage and meat until it is evenly coated with the seasoning. Place the lid on the skillet and let it simmer for about ten minutes. Remove the lid, stir well, and continue to simmer until the cabbage is tender.
Why isn't my cabbage as green as it was?
Anytime you cook vegetables, they break down and lose a lot of their color. Since fruits and vegetables have enzymes in them, they break down when they are cut, and when they touch heat. This is a natural occurrence. Don't you worry though, this fried cabbage is still absolutely delicious!
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- 1 rope link Smoked beef Sausage, cut in small pieces
- ½ stick Butter
- 1 head Cabbage, roughly chopped
- 1 medium Onion, chopped
- 1 clove Garlic, diced
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Seasoned salt
- ½ tablespoon Garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the smoked beef sausage to the skillet and fry until each piece has began to brown, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the butter to the skillet. Begin to add in the chopped cabbage. It may not all fit at first, but it will begin to wilt very quickly. Next add the onions and garlic and all of the seasonings.
- Stir the cabbage until everything is combined and the seasoning is incorporated well. Add the ¼ cup of water.
- Cover the cabbage and simmer over medium for 10 minutes. Open the lid and stir it so that the pieces on the bottom do not burn.
- Continue to simmer an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Cabbage is done when it is tender.
If you prefer your cabbage super tender, continue to simmer with the lid on for a longer duration.
Be sure to stir the cabbage frequently, as it will easily burn.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 942mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g
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