After trying Smothered Southern Pork Chops which were an instant hit in our family I kept an eye on other ‘smothered something’ recipes. Sure enough, while looking through Cook’s Country magazines I found a recipe for… smothered cabbage. The recipe looked really simple and used only 5 ingredients, not including salt and pepper. Well, this cabbage turned out to be one of my favorite side dishes. I would place it somewhere in the top 3 range. This one is a definite keeper.
So far I’ve tried this side dish with smoked pork butt, brisket, rotisserie chicken and chicken francese and every time it felt like a perfect match. The cabbage comes out very tender with a slight crunch. Combined with the buttery softness of the waxy potatoes it makes a great contrast to grilled or pan-fried meat and poultry. There is a slight touch of sweetness and a hint of tang to this dish that make it so delicious. I can just eat it on its own without any meat.
If you want to make this smothered cabbage to become a meal on its own, try adding some smoked kielbasa or andouille sausage for that Cajun/Creole taste. I updated the original recipe to optionally include sausage, it adds a ton of flavor to this dish.
- 1 large head green cabbage (about 2½ lbs), cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 yellow onion, quartered and sliced thinly
- 2 medium size Yukon Gold potatoes (about ¾ lb), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1½ cups chicken broth
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cups sliced smoked kielbasa or andouille sausage (optional)
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Heat the butter in a large cast iron pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once the butter starts to shimmer, add the sliced onion and saute, frequently stirring until just soft, about 3 minutes. If using sausage, add it together with the onion. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and bring to boil. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and cook uncovered until all almost all the remaining liquid in the pot has evaporated, stirring gently occasionally, about 12 minutes.