As much as I love southern and low country foods, when I have a "hankering" ( a craving ) for country food ~(excuse me; my Midwest "roots" are showing) I usually fix a simple meal that reminds me of home. There may be a little German influence to it, ( and a little southerness too) but it's so good ~ you'll have to try it for yourself, and then you'll know why I consider it another classic comfort food meal. I'm posting two recipes ~ "Smoked Sausage with Sauteed Cabbage" and "Fried Apples." I usually serve a big pot of pinto beans with it, and a pan of cornbread. Last night I added a cup of frozen, whole kernel corn to my basic cornbread recipe, and it was really good. I do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen ~ trial and error ~ fortunately my family doesn't mind being my taste testers. My recipes makes about 4 servings, but you can always add more sausage for heartier appetites, or even add an extra side dish of collard greens. I also like to serve fresh slices of sweet onion on the side ~ it seems to really compliment the flavors of the sausage and apples.
I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does ~ Lulabelle
Smoked Sausage and Sauteed Cabbage
1 medium head green cabbage, sliced into strips
1 medium onion (white or yellow) sliced
2 Tbls. bacon grease ( or Crisco)
2 Tbls. Granulated sugar
2 Tbls. Balsamic vinegar ( or you can sub. apple cider vinegar instead)
1/8 tsp. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
dash of cayenne pepper
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced into 2" pieces, then split lengthwise
1/4 cup water
- Melt grease in bottom of a large, deep skillet, over medium heat.
- Add Cabbage, onion, sugar, vinegar, spices, and water to skillet; stir well.
- Place pieces of sausage on top of cabbage mixture, cover with lid.
- Cook about 20 - 25 minutes till cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally, and adding a little more water if mixture starts to stick.
- You can add more cayenne pepper for a little more "kick" ~ likewise with the sugar & vinegar, Just add more or less for personal preference.
- Yield 4 servings
Country "Fried" Apples
4 medium apples, cored, sliced into wedges, but leave peeling on
2 Tbls. butter
1/4 granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp. lemon juice
- Melt butter in medium skillet, over low heat.
- Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine. Cover skillet with a lid.
- Cook for 20 -25 minutes stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and are caramelized.
- If mixture starts to stick, add a few tablespoons water.
- Yield: 4 servings