Fried cabbage and sausage: a simple recipe real food style

by Louise Lee

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A friend posted a simple recipe on his Facebook page, and it looked like a winner.


This is a quick and easy dish.

1 stick butter
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into round pieces
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes or Ro*Tel tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Melt butter in large skillet. Add cabbage, onion, and cook on medium high for about 5 minutes, stirring to keep from sticking to pan. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20–25 minutes.

I tried it a few months ago with boxed Pomì tomatoes, organic grocery store butter, and JV Farms pork bratwurst. It was very good. Tonight I tried it again with all real food, and it was even better.

I used half a large head organic cabbage from Kroger. IMG_7713

I substituted homemade raw milk butter and started by sauteeing a yellow onion from the Farmers Market.


I cooked  a pound of JV Farms pork bratwurst and IMG_7716

sliced it before adding it to the skillet. IMG_7720

I chopped cherry tomatoes from the garden and a large tomato from the Farmers Market.


I added sea salt and freshly ground pepper with some homegrown garlic.

Home grown garlic

Okay, it took longer to chop the tomatoes than it did to used boxed. And if you add in the time for homemade butter (separating cream from raw milk and then making butter with a mixer), it’s not as quick. Chopping some fresh garlic adds a little more time, but it’s worth it. So the recipe while not as quick has a flavor is wonderful, and it’s worth the extra effort. The nutrition has to be better by a few notches.


It’s a simple one dish meal with an abundance of fresh vegetables and a small (by American standards) but adequate serving of meat. And the meat is healthy, flavorful grass fed pork from a trusted local farmer.

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