January 29, 2015

Cabbage Stew

Cabbage Stew! A hearty stew made with cabbage, smoked sausage or kielbasa and potatoes. Great with cornbread or crusty french bread!

Many, many, many moons ago I worked at a little honkey tonk out in the country. We had a short-order kitchen and mostly just served stuff like burgers and chicken wings. Except on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays we cooked a big homemade meal and served it for free. We usually cooked stuff like chicken bog or chili or catfish stew or ham & beans.

I arrived at the bar one day to find Ms. Sandy (a Michigan transplant who’d recently moved to town) in the kitchen cooking the Wednesday supper. The first thing I thought was oh hayell naw, who let the yankee in my kitchen?!?

She was cooking down a ham bone with cabbage and potatoes. Well, that seemed like a great start to me and, I’ll admit, it smelled good. But when I saw her dump a couple cans of cream of whatever soup in there I thought she’d lost her mind.

Well, guess what? It was really good. And since I've discovered how far they've come with creamed soups in the last few years (and since I've discovered I really like the cream of celery kind – seriously who knew??), I decided to try to my own version of that cabbage stew.

I was looking for something to make that I could eat on during the week. I like to make a big ol’ pot of something on the weekend for the sole purpose of packing it for lunches the following week or having leftovers one night.

This stuff is amazeballs! The broth isn’t heavy so it actually eats kinda light. I used smoked sausage because it just goes with cabbage and potatoes. I literally ate all of this by myself. ALL. OF. IT. Not in one day, though. I had it for supper two nights in a row then packed the rest for lunches during the week. It heats up beautifully, by the way!

This stew is officially one of my favorites now!

Cabbage Stew! A hearty stew made with cabbage, smoked sausage or kielbasa and potatoes. Great with cornbread or crusty french bread!

Cabbage Stew! A hearty stew made with cabbage, smoked sausage or kielbasa and potatoes. Great with cornbread or crusty french bread!

Cabbage Stew
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound smoked sausage or kielbasa, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 onion, chopped
1-2 carrots, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
3-4 tablespoons bacon grease (can substitute butter)
1 small head of cabbage, chopped into 1” pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
6 cups chicken broth
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 10.5-oz. can cream of celery soup

Sauté sausage in vegetable oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven until nicely browned. Add onion and carrots and continue cooking until onions are semi-translucent. Add bacon grease, cabbage, salt, pepper and garlic and continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes.

Add chicken broth and potatoes and stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer stew for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in cream of celery soup, reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes. As always, I think all soups and stews are BEST if you turn off the heat and let them sit 30-45 minutes or until they’re just above room temperature but I understand if you can’t wait that long!

Serve with cornbread or crusty French bread.

This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!


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31 comments:

  1. Could you tell me how to get to where I can print out a recipe? I don't do Pinterest, I don't save recipes online.

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    1. The green box that reads, "PRINTABLE RECIPE" will take you to a print-friendly version.

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    2. Look right under the "This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!" and there is a print tab or click the "Printable Recipe". I don't do Pinterest either.

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  2. what can i sub for cream of celery soup as i cant get it in Ireland

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    1. It's not a "must have" part of the stew so you could technically leave it out if you wanted. Or you could probably hit with a few dollops of heavy cream. Let us know either way!

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    2. thanks so much for the quick response will be making it tomorrow

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  3. Made this tonight and it was so, so delicious! I used cream of chicken soup instead of cream of celery since that's what I had on hand, and used 3 tbsp butter instead of bacon grease. Try it with Conecuh brand smoked sausage if it's available in your area. This stew is comfort food at it's finest! Yum!!

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  4. THIS IS EXCELLENT!! I HAD IT FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. I DOUBLED THE RECIPE FOR PLENTY OF LEFT OVERS.

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  5. How long would you cook in the crockpot and would you put the cabbage in the wholetime

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  6. This soup is my new obsession. I made it for some co-workers and they are begging for more.

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  7. I made this for dinner last night and it was awesome. I did exchange cream of potato soup for the cream of celery soup, because my husband detests all things celery, but it was delicious and my guess is this is a flexible enough recipe so you could substitute whatever you like, the possibilities are many. This is going in to my "keeper" file!

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  8. Hello. About how much cabbage cup-wise? Wondering if I can substitute the carrots and cabbage with bagged slaw mix (just cabbage and carrots). Thanks. Hoping to make this for St. Pats Day!

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  9. Mandy,
    Hey, hey… easy on the Yankees… please. I’m not a “transplant.” I’m actually an escapee from New York City. I didn’t come for the cost of living. I came for the quality of life; and the people. I cook and love all things southern. Yours is one of 3 go-to sites for me. The other 2 are Deep South Dish and Syrup & Biscuits. I come for inspiration, with a side of humor. As I told Mary, of Deep South Dish, even us old pro’s stock pot runs dry now and then. Besides, it’s so much more interesting seeing how others do things. Case-in-point, I’ve been making cabbage stew forever; I’m Irish, it’s a staple. I never thought of adding cream of celery soup, which sounds delicious and I will definitely try it next time I make this. Unfortunately It’ll have to wait ‘till next week when I make my bi-monthly pilgrimage to Four Oaks Farms, over in Lexington, SC, for some real sausage, pork and ham. I love that place. Best country ham on the planet.
    BTW, as I tell my 'sudin' (southern) friends, youuuz gotta accent. I don’ gotta accent. Heyyyyy… badda-bing.
    God bless.

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  10. I make what I call "boiled dinner" that is similar only use beef broth - gonna try this next time. I think this is going on the menu for the next weekend I'm home!

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  11. Looks scrumptious! I make something similar, but have never added the soup. I love cream of celery soup too...it's on my grocery list right now so I guess I'll have to pick up two. ;-) My hubby would love this. Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

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  12. Made and enjoyed this awesome tasting "soup-stew" yesterday; looking forward to leftovers for supper tonight!

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  13. Good afternoon Mandy, from my kitchen in southern New Jersey. I saw your Cabbage Stew recipe listed on Christy Jordan's Southern Plate page, and just had to try it! This was AWESOME!!! I just made it this afternoon, and ate 2 bowls of it already! That there is comfort food at it's best! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  14. Wow, this was so delicious! Even tastier as leftovers the next day.

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  15. I made this tonight and it is delicious!

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  16. I had an abundance of cabbage and this recipe came up in my Pinterest search. It was SOOO good! Even my picky kids ate it. Thanks!

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  17. OMG! Just made this and it is amazing!!!!!!

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  18. I just made this and it is amazing! I am not a cook- very easy.

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  19. I want to make some of your recipes, they all look very good, but I would like to know the carb count in them? I am strictly on just 20 Carbs right now. How much can a serving is?

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  20. This recipe makes me so happy!!! I usually use both, smoked sausage and ground turkey!I use cream of chicken soup, but add celery w/ the onion. Also, add canellini beans (white kidney beans)! Yummmmm! ^_^

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  21. This looks delish!!! Is this something that could be made in the crockpot or is it best to do on the stove top?

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    1. Maybe... but I'm not sure how long, etc since I haven't done it myself. If you try, let us know how it goes!

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  22. Would you suggest cooking this in a crock pot and for how long? Thank you

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  23. Thank you, this looks delicious. Cant wait to try it.

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  24. Hello Mandy, I'm french and I dont't speak english very well... excuse me
    So your receipes are very easy but in France we don't find all your products Bouhhhh !
    I have printed them while waiting.
    Thank you very much dear Mandy

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