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I love cabbage for so many reasons.  Of course for its many health benefits (according to Organic Facts, a few of the health benefits include:  “treatment of constipation, stomach ulcers, headache, excess weight, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, ageing, and Alzheimer’s disease”…sounds a little bit like a cure-all doesn’t it?), but I have to admit, also because it holds up so well.  

This week I found a head of cabbage tucked away in the very back corner of my produce drawer that I don’t even remember buying.  It was still as good as the day I bought it! (Now if that had been broccoli or zucchini – a couple of my other favorites – it would have been another story.)  Just one of the million reasons to adore cabbage.  :) 

Sweet & Sour Cabbage with Beans & Sausage 

Serves 4 to 6 

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 lb pre-cooked lean turkey sausage (such as kielbasa), sliced

1 1/2-2 lbs green cabbage, cored and chopped into thin shreds (about 7-8 cups)

2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced

6 tablespoons organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed

2 tablespoons grainy mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground marjoram

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill (optional; for garnish) 

Heat the butter and oil in a lidded 5-quart pot over medium-high heat; add the sausage and cook until browned, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Transfer the sausage to a bowl and set aside.  Add the cabbage, onion, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, salt, marjoram, black pepper, and bay leaves to the pot and cook until the cabbage starts to soften (about 5 minutes), then turn the heat down to low, cover the pot, and cook until tender (about 30 to 40 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Stir in the sausage and beans, and cook a couple minutes to warm.  Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.  Sprinkle fresh dill on top and serve.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Oohhh this reminds of the sour cabbage salad we can get at German restaurants :) i agree that cabbage keeps sooo well!!! I hate it when veggies go off :( i feel so guilty not eating them ~

  2. I love cabbage. I quite often cookit with ham or bacon but sausage is great chorizo would be delicious as I dont think we have this kind of Turkey sausage here in OZ

  3. I like cabbage too, Faith. Eat it at least once a week, but I usually just braise it to caramelize a little. I really like how you’ve put this dish together! Those touches of brown sugar and mustard sound perfect.

  4. I LOVE cabbage. We eat a lot of it in our house. I’m also in love with that bowl…where did you find it?

  5. I love, love sweet and sour cabbage. I like how you turned this into one dish with everything you need. Looks delicious!

  6. I wish my “finding things at the back of the fridge” experiences were as fabulous as this! Usually they involve some moldy soggy squishy thing. GROSS.

    I love the sweet and sour nature of this dish. Sounds so tasty!

  7. Another recipe I will definitely make! I love cabbage too, and I don’t use it in the kitchen nearly enough!
    Thanks for sharing this–it sounds so yummy!

  8. hehe isn’t it funny when you find random ingredients that you don’t remember buying? I just found a coupler for my piping nozzles and have no memory of buying it but I was glad that I did. Much like you and the cabbage! :)

  9. This sounds mighty delicious! I too love cabbage for it’s longer shelf life, esp because for some reason, it takes me a long time to use it after buying it. I have one in my fridge right now…and it’s ready for this recipe!

  10. Often I forget about cabbage, it has that was of migrating to the back of the produce bin.
    This is a lovely delicious cabbage rescue, thanks for the inspiration and sharing such a fantastic dish!

  11. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought of something like this but it sounds delicious! You are so creative Faith!

  12. I know… it really makes you think it’s magic with that staying power.. it has to be good for you!!! perfect quick dish for a weeknight!

  13. Wow that looks so good! My husband loves to cook cabbage. I’m going to show him this so he can make it!

  14. I love how cabbage can really bulk up a meal without making it calirie heavy. Great mix!

  15. Love the combination of cabbage and sausage! We do eat a lot of cabbage at our house. In fact, I made a cabbage stir-fry for dinner yesterday. :)

  16. I like the brown sugar, spices and dill you added to the cabbage..I need to do the same to pep up my cabbage recipes!

  17. A scrumptious dish! Exactly the kind of food I love to cook.



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