Southern Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage


2 T butter


12 ozs smoked sausage links such as kielbasa

1 yellow onion chopped (1 1/2 cups)

1 T light-brown sugar

2 tsps Creole seasoning

1 head green cabbage cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (12 cups)

3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar

Kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

Whole-grain mustard for serving (optional)


Melt 1 tablespoon butter and oil in a large pot or 1 1/2-quart braiser over medium heat. Add sausages and cook, flipping once, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to pot, along with onion, brown sugar, and Creole seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in half of cabbage and vinegar; season with salt. As mixture begins to reduce in volume, add remaining cabbage; season with salt. Cover and cook, stirring a few times, until cabbage is softened and wilted but still has a slight crunch, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nestle sausages into cabbage and cook just until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Cut sausages into 1/2-inch-thick pieces.

Serve with cabbage and mustard, if desired.