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Braised Cabbage with Ham and Sausages
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

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

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: cabbage recipes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 422 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 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 peppers.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Braised Cabbage with Ham and Sausages
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 1850mg77%
Potassium 1002mg29%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1765IU35%
Vitamin C 164.3mg199%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.