Spicy Polish Kielbasa and Cabbage

I requested cabbage in our box this week, not quite sure what I was going to do with it. Could have made cole slaw (it is hot enough!), but wanted to do a hot main dish instead. Must be my German heritage coming out, though my mother rarely made cabbage. (My Dad would not have eaten it!) I found this recipe from Hubpages.com for a Polish dish. I found several other recipes as well, including one with a little crushed red pepper in it. I used the method from the Hubpages recipe, but a combination of ingredients from several dishes for this recipe. Note that this method takes a LONG time to cook at a very low temperature.

Spicy Kielbasa and Cabbage

Just an FYI-I am cutting back on the frequency of my postings. I will be starting a statistics class in a couple of weeks, hopefully with more classes to follow. Trying to turn this into a positive for my blog-if I publish less, I’m hoping the recipes will be more interesting.

Spicy Polish Kielbasa and Cabbage
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6-8
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, finely chopped
  • ½ pound thin skinned potatoes, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound kielbasa, thinly sliced (I used turkey kielbasa)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Melt butter in a large soup kettle. Saute onions until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add half of the cabbage and all of the apples, potatoes, and garlic. Toss to combine. Turn heat to lowest setting, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring several times.
  3. Add the rest of the cabbage, toss to combine. Cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Add kielbasa and crushed red pepper. Cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cabbage should be soft.


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