Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Kids Are Gone" Cabbage & Kielbasa Dinner

My oldest daughter hates cabbage.  It's really too bad, 'cause it's such a misunderstood veggie.  Plus, it's cheap!  And it lasts such a LONG time in the fridge!  Plus we're part Ukrainian.

But since she and her sister were invited out to a movie today with their friends, I decided to make something that they wouldn't mind missing.

Slow Cooker Cabbage/Potato/Sausage Dinner


    1 small head cabbage, diced into large chunks 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 1 1/2 to 2 pounds Kielbasa turkey sausage cut in 1 to 2-inch pieces 4-6 potatoes, cubed 1 cup apple juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar pepper, to taste


Layer the potatoes, onion, cabbage, and sausage in slow cooker. Whisk together the juice, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar; pour over slow cooker ingredients.

Sprinkle with pepper, to taste. Cover and cook on low for  6-8 hours.

Note to self:  When you leave the house make sure you don't accidentally unplug the the slow cooker or else when you come home hungry at 1:30 PM you won't find the food cold and uncooked and you don't have to wait another half hour while you fry the food up in the electric skillet.

At any rate, here's what the Brownlee Test Kitchen had to say:

Husband:  It's Ukrain-i-lish-ous - I like it.
Starving College Student:  I was a little worried at first about the cabbage, but the flavour of the sausage makes up for it - that's definitely the best part of the stew.
The Cook:  I like it - the cabbage isn't too soggy and it's flavour gets milder when it's cooked.  (I liked it so much that I had the leftovers later in the evening.)
Four Year Old: - ate nothing.  Her kidney disease leaves her with no appetite, which is made up for with a super high calorie formula mix she drinks....if I can get a few bites of food into her it's more just for the fun of it.

Super cheap, super easy, and I love it....but then again, that's probably the Ukrainian in me showing up!

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