Smoked Sausage with Cabbage and Apples
As I am sitting here watching my kids eat breakfast, I find myself in deep thought about their eating habits. They are 21 months old now and getting them to eat real food can be a struggle. They love any kind of fruit (Danny is currently eating his weight in pears) but I can’t say the same for vegetables. Danny went through a phase where he loved peas, but all of sudden, when they would arrive to his plate, he would act as if they were poisoned and throw them on the floor. What happened? They pretty much love anything with cheese: pizza, grilled cheese, quesadillas, etc. but my conscience will only let me make so much of that food for them. Getting them to eat any sort of meat seems to be the real battle. I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt my feelings a little bit when they refuse to eat my perfectly cooked chicken thighs. Many nights I make the kids one meal and my husband and I another, which is not ideal. One meal that saves me from having to do that is Smoked Sausage with Cabbage and Apples. Thank goodness for this easy meal that everyone loves!
Smoked Sausage with Cabbage and Apples could not be simpler to make. It starts with one and a half pounds of smoked sausage in the bottom of our trusty friend the crockpot. Then apples, red cabbage, and onions get layered on top. (Leave the ingredients layered and don’t stir.)
Next, the ingredients that make the sauce go in: brown sugar, salt, pepper, and apple juice. Guess what! That’s it! How easy was that? Now you can go about your day and come back in 6-8 hours for a delicious dinner.
When this is done cooking you won’t believe how tender the sausage is. The apples practically melt away to nothing and become part of the sauce. The onions get caramelized with help from the brown sugar and the cabbage wilts. Guys, I’m telling you, it’s perfection!
I hadn’t made this dish in a while (shame on me) and I almost forgot how much I loved Smoked Sausage with Cabbage and Apples. It was one of those recipes that kind of got tucked away and forgotten about. Never again! The twins love it, I love it, and my husband had three helpings. We didn’t even have leftovers (though I was looking forward to them)! I serve this over white rice so I have a vehicle to get that delicious sauce in my mouth. This dish will be a regular occurrence in my kitchen from now on :).
- 1 1/2 pounds of smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch lengths
- 3 cooking apples, thickly sliced
- 1/2 head of red cabbage
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- Layer the sausage, apples, cabbage, and onion in the crockpot in that order.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar, salt, and pepper over the top.
- Pour the apple juice over all the ingredients and do not stir.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Adapted from Crockpot