Kielbasa and cabbage

    40 min

    This smoked Polish sausage dish is great for guests! It is super easy and can be prepared well in advance of arrival. You can find kielbasa in larger supermarkets and in Polish shops.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 6 rashers bacon
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
    • 3 teaspoons caraway seed
    • 1 large cabbage, cut into small wedges
    • 450g (1 lb) Polish kielbasa

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. In a large frying pan, fry bacon over medium high heat until browned, turning once. Remove bacon from pan, reserving dripping, and place on kitchen paper.
    2. Stir water, sugar, onions, garlic, red chilli flakes, seasoning salt and caraway seeds into dripping. Add cabbage and gently stir. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Add kielbasa to the pan. Cook, covered, for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Dice bacon, add over top and serve hot.

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    The word "kiełbasa" in Polish translates to "Sausage" so techinically any sausage could work. I used hertz classic frankfurters (from my local supermarket). I found it easy to cook and the result was pleasant although I'm not totally in love with it. I will keep this recipe though, it'll be good for a last minute cheap dish. I wouldn't serve it to guests personally and I think 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds would be better. There was a few strong fork fulls  -  24 Nov 2011


    Oh my goodness, what a great recipe! I was just looking for something to use what I had in the freezer and pantry and happened on this. Didn't expect much, kind of a steamed cabbage/sausage meal, but what a treat it turned out to be! The base recipe is great, but I used a bunch of other reviewers' ideas...I sauteed the onions and garlic in the bacon drippings, then added the other items. Rather than cutting it in quarters, I sliced the cabbage 1/2" wide, almost shredded. It wilts better that way. I also cubed 4-5 red potatoes, microwaved them to par-cook for 3 minutes, then added them to the pan with the cabbage. I also pan-fried the kielbasa separately to get it nice and browned, then added it for the final 10-15 minutes. The sugar caramelized the onions and cabbage wondefully, the red pepper added that great zingy contrast, and the potatoes brought another texture level. Delightful! I think the cabbage/potatoes/bacon mixture would make a great side dish as well, sans kielbasa. Thank you, Katherine!  -  28 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Since my mother was Polish I've eaten this dish many times. You're right about the potatoes-more people use them in this dish than don't and very few put the caraway seeds in it. I'll tell you a little secret though. One reviewer came close when she said that she tried it with bowtie pasta. This meal is fantastic with kielbasa, cabbage and a bowl of buttered egg noodles on the side with a little salt and pepper. You'll think you've finally reached seventh heaven it's so tasty and filling. Real comfort food here.  -  22 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)