Braised Cabbage with Ham and Sausages

Braised Cabbage with ham and sausages, a traditional Romanian dish and definitely one of the tastiest too. My kind of comfort food, no matter the season.

Overhead shot of a white plate of braised cabbage with sausages and ham

Cabbage, one underrated vegetable

It might not sound too interesting, but once you had some, there is no going back, you’ll find yourself cooking this braised cabbage recipe again and again. Best served with chilli pepper and polenta.

Romanians love cabbage, either fresh, as a nice salad with vinegar and oil, braised, with or without meat, or pickled – sauerkraut, which is usually used to make our national dish Romanian cabbage rolls with rice and meat, usually pork, but chicken or beef are also common.

My Cabbage rolls with chicken and rice  is a recipe l am very fond of, and make very often. Nothing like a comforting dish to remind me of home.

Cabbage loves dill and bay leaves, you could cook it without, but you won’t get the full flavour and won’t appreciate the real taste.

This dish turns out to be really cheap, from one medium cabbage you can easily feed 2 or 3 people. Shredding cabbage might not be a pleasant task, or, at least l find it boring, but the result is just delicious.

Once the whole cabbage is shredded, you might think it’s too much and won’t go in the pan, that is why it has go in the pan in batches, because once it softens a bit, you realise it’s not that much after all.

And that’s because cabbage releases quite a lot of water when cooking. Pretty much like cooking mushrooms actually.

Another tip is to rub it with some salt before adding it to the pan, it will cooked faster and it will definitely taste better. Be generous with the tomato paste, it brings the whole dish to the very next level.

Overhead shot of a white plate of braised cabbage

Smoked ham is ideal for this braised cabbage dish, it gives that unique smokey flavour, and some good pork sausages with a tiny bit of fat for some extra flavour, although you can use any other kind of sausages, even vegetarian ones.

Or just omit meat altogether for a vegetarian/vegan version, it will still be lovely.

I really love this dish, it takes me straight back home where l had the best childhood and the best food.

You can’t be a child again, but you can certainly taste the same awesome food. And that without spending a fortune. Isn’t that amazing?

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Braised cabbage recipe with ham and sausages
Braised Cabbage with Ham and Sausages
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Braised cabbage recipe with ham and sausages, a traditional Romanian dish that is tasty and full of flavour. Best served with chilli and polenta.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 422 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 1 medium white cabbage
  • 100 g smoked ham
  • 250 g pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp freshly-chopped dill
  1. Shred the cabbage, sprinkle salt over it and rub it with your hands. Set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Meantime, heat up the oil in a large pan, fry the sausages until throughly cooked, then remove from the pan.

  3. Chop the onion and pepper and add them to the same pan, frying for 5 minutes until soft.

  4. Add the cabbage to the pan in batches, as soon as the first batch softens and allows for more cabbage to be added to the pan, in goes the second batch together with the bay leaves.

  5. Keep stiring with a wooden spoon, when the cabbage has released its liquid, cover it with water and leave to cook on a medium heat until very tender.

  6. Season with more salt if needed, add the black pepper, tomato paste, sliced sausages, smoked ham and dill and cook for a further 5 minutes.

  7. Serve hot with polenta and chilli pepper.

Recipe Notes
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  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.

Nutrition Facts
Braised Cabbage with Ham and Sausages
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1850mg 77%
Potassium 1002mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 12g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 35.3%
Vitamin C 199.2%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 18.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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1 Comment

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    September 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Delicious and healthy

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