When I ask someone if they like cabbage, I often hear no. The reason, typically, is that cabbage is mushy and flavorless. To me, that just means they haven’t tried the right recipes. These non-mushy cabbage recipes prove that doesn’t always have to be the case. Cabbage can be very versatile and absorb the flavor of other ingredients.
These non-mushy cabbage recipes prove that doesn’t always have to be the case.
“My mom created this over 10 years ago using Aidell’s chicken apple sausage, and it has been a family favorite ever since,” shares Michelle Cory (Sheridan, WY). “I had over 50 foster kids during that time, and I can’t think of one that did not like it and wanted seconds.”
So easy and tasty, Michelle’s Chicken Apple Sausage One-Pot Dish is perfect when you need to make a quick meal.
Chicken apple sausage is smoky, sweet, and savory all at once. It’s amazing with onions, potatoes, and cabbage. While cooking, the cabbage gets nice crunchy brown bits on it. You taste the cabbage, but the flavor of the sausage stands out the most.
Lean ground beef creates a fuller, meatier sauce for Bruce Lambert’s (Southwick, MA) delicious Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls.
“This is a great comfort food,” thinks Bruce. While comforting, it’s actually on the healthier side.
Mixing the leaner beef with the chopped cabbage makes this casserole very hearty. Infused with great flavors, no one will ever realize the recipe is lower in carbs.
Michelle Crawford’s (Brady, TX) Southern Fried Cabbage is tender and cooks to golden perfection.
“This was my favorite growing up and still is on New Year’s Eve, which was a tradition,” reveals Michelle. “But mom cooked it a few times during the year.”
So good I can see why Michelle wanted it more than one time a year.
Frying the cabbage in bacon grease adds tons of flavor. A bit of white vinegar adds the perfect tanginess and is a nice contrast to the savory bacon and cabbage. Serve this fried cabbage alongside pork chops for a delicious dinner.
Imagine soft buttery yeast rolls stuffed with savory cabbage and beef… that’s what Brenda Broadfoot’s (Tecumseh, NE) Grandma’s Cabbage Burgers are.
“I loved it when my Mom and Grandma would make these,” shares Brenda. “I make this an all-day event when I make them due to the fact I make five dozen and freeze them… which turns out to be a waste of time with the kids running to the freezer every day saying don’t worry bout me for supper mom I’m just gonna grab a cabbage burger.”
Cooking the cabbage with ground beef and onions means the cabbage absorbs tons of flavor. After one bite of these cabbage burgers, I can see why Brenda’s kids love to grab them from the freezer.
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I want to share one of the most traditional ways to enjoy cabbage – in corned beef and cabbage. Suzan Powers’ (San Jose, CA) Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is a fantastic recipe.
“Even though I am vegetarian (no meat), a few times a year I take a break, and St. Patrick’s Day is one such day when I make this recipe,” explains Suzan. “Add the cabbage at the end for a delicious Irish meal.”
After simmering in the slow cooker, the corned beef is tender and juicy. It slices like butter. The carrots and potatoes are perfectly tender as well. Adding cabbage to the slow cooker at the end of cooking keeps it from getting mushy.
If you serve any of these easy cabbage recipes to your family, I think they’ll change their tune about cabbage. Are you team cabbage? Let us know your favorite recipe in the comments below. Happy Pinching!