Red Cabbage with Kielbasa

This is a really flavorful side dish that seems to be a winter staple around my table. The side dish of red cabbage is usually just that, pickled red cabbage and sometimes a little seasoning,  simple and straight forward, vegan friendly even. But, I sometimes take a different tack, carnivore’s red cabbage. Some times its bacon, some times its ham… today, its polish kielbasa bringing meat to the side.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 medium head of red cabbage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup of diced kielbasa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp ground clove

Cut red cabbage into quarters and cut out the core and slice thin. Peel onion, cut in half and slice thin. In a dutch oven, begin browning the kielbasa. Then add the onions, cook for 2-3 minutes and add the red cabbage; braise the cabbage until just tender 3-5 minutes. Season with kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste. Add ground cloves, brown sugar, and vinegar. Cover and simmer until the cabbage is cooked and tender— do not boil or overcook.  Cooking time is about 30 minutes low and slow to let the flavors really meld.

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