Sausage and Fried Cabbage

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Sausage and Fried Cabbage is a delicious and comforting meal that has been enjoyed by many people for generations. This classic dish combines the savory flavors of sausage with the crisp texture of fried cabbage, creating a dish that is both hearty and flavorful.

The History

Sausage and fried cabbage has a long history in many cultures, dating back to the early days of human civilization. Cabbage, a member of the Brassica family, has been cultivated for thousands of years, and was a staple food in ancient Rome and Greece. Sausage, on the other hand, has a more recent history, and can be traced back to medieval Europe, where it was often made from leftover meat and spices. Over time, sausage and cabbage became a popular combination, particularly in central and eastern European countries such as Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

The Preparation

The culinary techniques used in preparing sausage and fried cabbage can vary depending on the region and the cook's preferences. Some recipes call for boiling the cabbage first, while others suggest sautéing or frying it. Similarly, the type of sausage used can vary widely, from mild breakfast sausages to spicy and flavorful bratwursts. The key to making a delicious sausage and fried cabbage dish is to balance the flavors and textures of the ingredients, so that the sausage is not too overpowering, and the cabbage is cooked to a crisp but not burnt.

The Nutritional Benefits

Nutritionally, sausage and fried cabbage is a relatively healthy meal, especially when compared to other comfort foods. Cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and vitamin C, while sausage provides protein and essential nutrients such as iron and zinc. However, it's important to note that some types of sausage can be high in fat and sodium, so it's best to choose leaner varieties and enjoy them in moderation.

A Comfort Food

In addition to its nutritional benefits, sausage and fried cabbage has cultural significance as a comfort food. For many people, this dish brings back fond memories of home-cooked meals, family gatherings, and warm, cozy evenings spent around the dinner table. It's a dish that is often passed down from generation to generation, with each family adding their own twist or variation to the recipe.

Sausage and Fried Cabbage is a classic dish that has stood the test of time, and continues to be enjoyed by people all over the world. Whether you're looking for a hearty and nutritious meal or a comforting taste of home, sausage and fried cabbage is sure to satisfy. So why not try making this delicious dish yourself, and see why it's been a favorite for centuries?


Sausage and Fried Cabbage

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Category: Main
Cuisine: American, European, Asian


  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of ghee, divided, to cook with
  • 0.5 lb (225 g) of sausages of your choice, sliced
  • 0.5 head of cabbage (350 g), thinly sliced
  • 0.25 medium onion (28 g), thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of vinegar (of choice)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (12 g), minced or finely diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


      1. In a large skillet, melt 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of ghee over medium-high heat. Add the sausage to the skillet and sauté until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.
      2. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of ghee to the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage and onion to the skillet and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.
      3. Add the cooked sausage, vinegar, and garlic to the skillet and continue to sauté for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
      4. Divide the sauté between 2 plates and serve.


          • Coconut oil can be used instead of ghee, but use refined coconut oil for a mild coconut flavor.
          • Kielbasa (or Polish sausage), Andouille sausage, and chorizo can be used instead of smoked sausage. Kielbasa has a mild flavor and is most similar to smoked sausage.
          • Packaged coleslaw mix can be used instead of the cabbage head. If the cabbage mix contains carrots, the carb count will increase.
          • You can use 1½ teaspoons of granulated garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder instead of garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon of onion powder instead of the onion.
          • Lemon juice, white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar can be used instead of apple cider vinegar.

          Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

          • Calories:  453
          • Fat:  37 g
          • Total Carbs:  13 g
          • Fiber:  5 g
          • Sugar:  6 g
          • Net Carbs:  8 g
          • Protein:  19 g

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