Smothered Cabbage Recipe

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Smothered cabbage is a common New Orleans side dish. Cabbage, especially when pan-fried by my mom or cooked down with pickle meat by my great-grandmother, ranked high on my list of favorite veggies. It’s not fancy or pretty, but it is tasty and relatively good for you. While my recipe is somewhat of a culture clash–Irish veggie meets Italian sausage meets Greek cheese–it’s still familiar enough to transport me back to my great-grandmother’s kitchen. Powerful stuff.

“Smothered,” in my own words, means to cook the heck out of something. That’s exactly what you’ll need to do to the cabbage in this recipe. You’ll want to cook it until it’s almost wilted beyond recognition. It’s at that point, and not a minute sooner, that the cabbage will have absorbed all of the flavorful goodness from the bacon fat, sausage and seasoning vegetables.

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Servings: 7


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  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut cabbage into quarters; discard core and large exterior leaves. Thinly slice each quarter. Set aside. Melt bacon fat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add Italian sausage; break up the links with the side of a spoon. Cook until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add cabbage, oregano and thyme; stir to combine. Cover; cook for 45 minutes, stirring frequently, until smothered. Remove from heat; toss in feta cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 104g
Recipe makes 7 servings
Calories 219  
Calories from Fat 153 70%
Total Fat 17.05g 21%
Saturated Fat 5.65g 23%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 564mg 24%
Potassium 196mg 6%
Total Carbs 4.0g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 1.55g 1%
Protein 12.6g 20%
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  • misty
    This was DELICIOUS!!! I love cabbage, and have been searching for a good cabbage side dish. This sounded okay, but totally exceeded my expectations. Easy to throw together and absolutely wonderful mesh of flavors. I was so ready to have it again that I ate the leftovers for breakfast this morning. Thanks for sharing!!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • misty
      April 6, 2012
      Sounds excellent! Thanks for the tip!!
      • Genet
        February 15, 2012
        So glad you liked it Misty! And next time you eat the leftovers for breakfast, consider heating the Smothered Cabbage in a frying pan with a little olive oil and a scrambled egg. Cook until set and you'll have a delicious Smothered Cabbage Frittata!

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