This is one of those recipes that will remind you of how great simple, flavorful dinners can be, and that you don’t need crazy fancy ingredients to make a meal that everyone will love and remember. The stars of this dish are kielbasa – always a fave – and cabbage. Now, the cabbage might be a bit more of a surprising ingredient, seeing as unless it’s cabbage rolls or cole slaw, people aren’t really interested in it, but trust us: this stuff is good. The cabbage softens without losing all it’s crunch, and the other ingredients (garlic, onion, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and paprika) have a chance to blend together and make a great backdrop for the first two show-runners.
Now, while this isn’t necessarily something we’d cook if we’re having friends over (although it’s delicious so there’s no real reason not to), it makes for a perfect weeknight dinner when you want to get something tasty and healthy on the table, that won’t take too much time or effort to make. The kielbasa adds protein, the spices and sauces thrown in round out the flavor deliciously, and the cabbage adds robust texture to the mix. This stuff also makes for yummy leftovers, so you can have it for lunch the next day, hot or cold, and be totally satisfied and full until dinner. Don’t let it’s “simplicity” fool you, this is a great meal to get you through the week.
Cabbage and Kielbasa Skillet
30 minutes to prepare serves 4-6
- 1 (14 oz.) package kielbasa, thinly sliced
- 1 large head green cabbage, cored and sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- fresh parsley, optional, garnish
- Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat and sauté onion until softened and translucent. 6-8 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant, then mix in vinegar, stirring to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of pan.
- Push onion and garlic to the sides of skillet and add sliced kielbasa to the center of pan, cooking for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned.
- Add butter and Dijon mustard to pan, then stir in cabbage and season with paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
- Cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until cabbage is wilted and browned on the edges.
- Serve hot, with fresh parsley as garnish, if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Peace Love and Low Carb