Fall has finally shown up (at least briefly), so it’s time for hearty comfort food. This Polish sausage and cabbage with potatoes recipe is both easy to make and filling. It’s a great meal for a chilly autumn day. There are only a few basic, everyday ingredients, but it still manages to be packed with flavor from rich sausage, braised cabbage, buttery Yukon Gold potato, and sweet carrot.
And, as a bonus, you get your entire dinner cooked while only using a single pot. As far as I’m concerned, less cleaning and washing up is always a good thing.
The technique is really simple, and there’s not a lot of fiddling. Basically, all you have to do to get a delicious dinner is to slice up and brown the sausage, add the veggies and broth, and then let the whole thing simmer slowly in the pot.
It takes less than an hour to make and you don’t have to stand over a hot stove while your dinner cooks. You can go do something else instead. For instance, you can pour yourself a glass of red wine and unwind from a long day or make a mug of hot, spiced apple cider.
It’s not fancy, or fussy, just good plain hearty food.
I used a Yukon gold potato, because they have a richer, more buttery flavor. However, an Eastern potato (or white potato) will work too. Avoid Russet (Idaho) potatoes, as they are best for baking (OK, I avoid them anyway because I don’t like them; they’re too floury).
Polish Sausage and Cabbage with Potatoes Substitutions and Variations
- Try using bacon instead of the sausage
- Swap the sliced potatoes for 4 oz of egg noodles (cook them separately, then add them at the end and toss everything together)
- Season the dish with some paprika
- If you’re out of chicken broth, you can use water instead
- Add some cut up bell pepper
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