Braised Cabbage with ham and sausages, a traditional Romanian dish that is hearty and absolutely delicious. It uses fresh dill for extra flavour, and can be made vegan or vegetarian too. It’s very easy to make with fresh seasonal cabbage, and on the table in about 40-45 minutes.
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 red or green chilli peppers 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.
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.
HOW TO MAKE BRAISED CABBAGE – ROMANIAN STYLE
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.
- if you use sausages, cook them in a pan, then set aside
- in the same pan, add more oil if needed, and fry the onion and red pepper
- add the shredded cabbage in batches, stirring until the cabbage softens a bit
- cover with water, and leave to cook until the cabbage is tender and the water is reduced
- add the tomato paste, slices of sausages, ham and season with salt and pepper
- garnish with fresh chopped dill
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 with ham and sausages, a traditional Romanian dish that is hearty and absolutely delicious. It uses fresh dill for extra flavour, and can be made vegan or vegetarian too. It's very easy to make with fresh seasonal cabbage, and on the table in about 40-45 minutes. If you like cabbage, this is a recipe for you. Why not have it for St Patrick's Day? It might not be an Irish recipe, but cabbage
- 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
Shred the cabbage, sprinkle salt over it and rub it with your hands. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Meantime, heat up the oil in a large pan, fry the sausages until throughly cooked, then remove from the pan.
Chop the onion and pepper and add them to the same pan, frying for 5 minutes until soft.
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.
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.
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.
Serve hot with polenta and chilli peppers.
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