Friday, March 13, 2009

Smothered Cabbage

My Dad's birthday was on St. Patrick's Day and he really enjoyed corn beef and cabbage as his birthday meal. I couldn't stand the cabbage. Don't tell my Mother this, but I REALLY didn't like the way she prepared the cabbage. Not only did the whole house smell terrible, but it tasted as nasty as it smelled.

One day I was invited to a friend's home for dinner and they were having cabbage. I was taught to eat what I was served, especially if you're dining at someone's home. NEVER tell your host that you don't like what they are serving. You can't even imagine how sick I felt before we sat down to dinner.

When dinner was served, the cabbage looked nothing like the kind my Mother had tortured me with; in fact when I put a forkful in my mouth, it even tasted REALLY good.

A.J. does not like the smell of cabbage cooking. He thinks he cleverly banned the cooking of cabbage in our home into our wedding vows! To this day he thinks I had our wedding video edited for "cabbage" and the "obey" portion of the vows.

Although this is not a pretty dish, this cabbage is the bomb, do you hear me, I mean it rocks and it does not, I repeat does not stink up your house. So get a little Cajun-y for St. Patty's Day and enjoy a portion of smothered cabbage!


Smothered Cabbage - adapted from John Folse






Cut 1 large head of cabbage into quarters and discard the core and the large exterior leaves. Chop the quarters into 2 or 3 pieces, then separate the leaves.




Wash and drain the cabbage leaves.




In a large stock pot, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil over medium heat, add 1/2 lb. of smoked sausage or andouille sausage, 1 medium onion chopped, 3 stalks of celery chopped, 1/2 green bell pepper chopped, 4 cloves of diced garlic and 4 scallions, sliced. Saute for about 7 minutes, until the vegetables are wilted.





Add cabbage to the pot and thoroughly blend into the vegetable mixture. Continue to stir fry the cabbage until the cabbage leaves are wilted.



Add 1-1/2 cups of chicken stock and reduce heat to simmer. Cover pot and allow to cook for approximately 45 minuted, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper and continue cooking until cabbage is well smothered.




The cabbage will seemed overcooked but it actually gets a savory flavor with a slight hint of sweet going on in the background. This is the way Cajuns like their cabbage; I know you will too!







49 comments:

CookingCourtney said...

my dads birthday is on st.pats day, too. He would LOVEEE this!
Looks delish.

5 Star Foodie said...

Happy birthday to your dad! I love this cabbage cajun style - and the andoille must add a little bit of heat which sounds really delicious!

gigi said...

I love, love cabbage! But I still think that this would stink up the house. It never fails when I cook cabbage some one will just pop over for some reason or another and the house smells like we all farted. (Don't tell my mama I said farted, that was the F-word in our house when we were growing up and we could get our mouths washed out for saying it)
Same thing happens when I cook broccoli, except when I make your roasted broccoli, it's the bomb!

TheWritersPorch said...

Katherine...I love cabbage and make corned beef hash with cabbage on the side often but I'm really looking forward to trying this as it sounds really tasty! Thanks!
You are such a good cook!
Carol

Susie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Cheryl said...

YUM, I am making that this weekend along with my Corned Beef, and I saw the photo of you with hubby, too cute!

Donna-FFW said...

Katherine-- I couldnt click onto this fast enough when I saw the title. I LOVE LOVE cabbage.. I am making this.. Have you ever used kielbasa with it rather than the other? Also, I really really would love that apple butter recipe, pretty please... I'll be a good girl, promise.

Karen said...

2 years ago for Christmas my hubs gave me the John Folse Encyclopedia. It had this recipe in it and, of course, i used it for that New Years but i added some white wine with the stock and tobasco. I made two heads of cabbage and it disappeared. I will never go back to the old smothered cabbage again. Love your site.

Marjie said...

I like cabbage. I must be odd.

Gladys said...

I love corned beef just not so much the cabbage although a good stuffed cabbage isn't too bad. I think I'll try it this way though it looks hearty.

Greg C said...

I cooked smoked sausage and cabbage on Wednesday. It was great. I just love it.

Maria said...

My grandpa's bday is on St. Pat's day! It is fun to celebrate!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

happy b-day to your dad! and yum, what a great way to dress up your veggies...

Joie de vivre said...

I am saving your recipe because I unfortunately cook cabbage like your mother. I've never been fond of it, who can blame me, but if you say your recipe is da bomb, I'm going to believe you. Thanks!

Bridgett said...

I laughed when you said how much you disliked your mom's cabbage. I couldn't stand my mom's either! I used to chop it really small and try to hide it in my milk glass. It worked until she did the dishes and poured out a lot of cabbage!! My hubby loves this meal so I need to give it another go.
A big Happy Birthday to your dad!

jesse said...

Wow Katherine, lovely, comforting dish!! Happy birthday to your dear dad!

Penny said...

Katherine, My Mother actually made wonderful stuffed cabbage. I am doing a soup version of stuffed cabbage next week. Your cajun cabbage sounds great.

Debbie said...

Cabbage is one of my favorites. I would love to try making it the way you do. I'll let you know how it goes!!

Reeni♥ said...

I bet the sausage and garlic cover up that 'cabbage' smell. This looks fantastic, nothing like any of the cabbage dishes I've seen. I agree- It rocks!

Pam said...

Mmmm. I think it looks and sounds delicious - I haven't had smothered cabbage for a long time.

The Blonde Duck said...

I never ate cabbage growing up, but Mrs. McGill made some corned beef and cabbage once and I really liked it.

Elra said...

Katherine,
this recipe win me over. I love cabbage, and be sure to try your recipe.
Cheers,
elra

Treehouse Chef said...

I love cabbage! I am making this recipe tonight!

Sophie said...

I just love cabbage in all its forms!!! Your recipe looks tasty!!!

MaryBeth said...

This looks really good, I think my husband would like it.

Tiffany said...

My husband will love that recipe! Thanks for your comment the other day on the Global Food Crisis post - we made it to 127 comments!

Ralonda said...

YUM, I like cabbage... we had cabbage rolls the other night and everyone liked them!
Think I will have to give this a try next week!

merrianne said...

looks delicious!

onlinepastrychef said...

This sounds wonderful! I've never been a huge cabbage fan, but if you say it is da bomb, I must believe you:D

I love andouille sausage--have some hanging out in the fridge even as we speak in my red beans and rice.

HEATHER said...

Honey, this sounds WONDERFUL!!!
You share the BEST recipes!

Donna-FFW said...

Katherine- award for you on my blog, come pick it up when you can:)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your corn beef and cabbage dish sounds great and I'm not even much of a fan but you've made it special with the cajun touches. My mother also stunk the house up with cabbage every Wednesday. She didn't like it but my dad did. As kids we would hold our nose while he ate it. Yours gives me inspiration that perhaps, as a thinking adult, I should give it another chance.
Sam

Elyse said...

Mmm, I love cabbage so much! Is that weird? Probably. Anyway, your smothered cabbage looks fabulous, and I can't wait to try it. My boyfriend similarly hates whenever I cook cabbage or brussel sprouts because of the smell. He can get over it, though, I'm so making this smothered cabbage recipe ASAP!

Natashya said...

I do love cabbage - but I agree, most people make it in a way that is inedible and kinda stinky!
Love your preparation, sounds great!

Not Another Omnivore said...

Looks fabulous!

NAOmni

pigpigscorner said...

There's just something about cabbage and cured/flavoured meats. They bond really well.

Laurie said...

I LOVE cabbage so this looks simply awesome to me. I decided to re-try corned beef and cabbage the other day and this morning I made a hash with the leftovers, including a bit of cabbage. It added a sweetness that was darn tasty.

Coleen's Recipes said...

I am certainly going to try this one. I love cabbage (even the old stinky way my mother cooked it) but my husband can't stand the smell. Here's to cabbage with a cajun smell!!

John Roberts said...

As I remember it, you weren't real big on veggies in general. Our dogs got a balanced diet though, as you slipped them unwanted items from your plate when you thought no one was looking. But we were!

Joy said...

Just wanted to stop by and say congrats on your Saucy sidebar feature! :o)

lisalyn said...

I'm here from SITS. Congrats on your saucy blog.

Oh I love cabbage and haven't had in a some time. You've just made me hungry for it. :)

Mommy Gourmet said...

Oh goodness, I love cabbage and that looks fab!

Priscilla said...

Mmm, looks yummy. I can't stand the smell of cabbage either...so bad!

TavoLini said...

Wow--very cool!! I honestly really like cabbage, but have always cooked it outside, during the summer, because it makes the house smell so awful!

Hey--I adapted and posted your crawfish etouffee recipe on my site--thank you again for sharing a fantastic recipe! I linked to your site :)

feather k said...

this is yummy! thanks for visiting on monday!

ella said...

Wow! what a great discovery---I'm so glad you're a featured blogger. I kept looking and looking--all you r food looks fantastic. I'll be back for sure.

Selba said...

Happy Birthday to your father, Katherine :)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Oh, hello, yum! Sausage has the ability to make most vegetables better. I am glad to know that it can work its magic with cabbage too.

Thanks!

-Francesca

melissa said...

Love this! I guess I'm lucky hub loves cabbage too since it seems to be a love or hate kind of thing. I don't know what it smells like cooking, as I have never tried it myself. Yours sure does look great though. :)