Friday, March 18, 2011

In Honor of St. Patty's, Pork and Cabbage Two Different Ways!

This St. Patrick's Day, I really wanted to celebrate the night with some corned beef and cabbage. However, I thought it would also be a great opportunity to try out an italian sausage and cabbage recipe from Everyday Paleo.  So after a trip down to WholeFoods to get some local cabbage and red onions, I went home to defrost some sausages from Costco.  As usual, I didn't follow this recipe to the t. And I realized I was hungry while waiting for the sausages to defrost!
So, after finding a bag of brussels sprouts in the fridge, I grabbed a pack of bacon to cook up with it.

Bacon & Brussels Sprouts
2/3 pack of nitrate-free bacon
1 pound of brussels sprouts

Slicing up 8-10 slices of bacon, I threw it in the pan to brown while washed, cut the ends off of and quartering the brussels sprouts.  As soon as the bacon was brown and crispy, I threw in the brussels sprouts.  Add some pepper and maybe another spice if you prefer, like dill. Toss. After about 5 minutes, you could add a bit of chicken stock or not, but cook the sprouts until they are soft and a beautiful shade of green.

Italian Sausages 'n Cabbage
2 lbs Italian Sausage, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 med. head of cabbage, chopped julienne
1 red onion, sliced
2 Tbsp pasture butter

Now my sausages are defrosted enough to slice.  I wanted leftovers so I made a double recipe.  Browned the sausages in the (very large) pan.  Removed the sausages.  Added butter and red onion.  Cooked until softened (about 5 min) then added the cabbage.  Cook until the cabbage is soft and add the sausage back to the pan.  Add some pepper and paprika (1/2 tsp each). Toss well and serve!

After plating the dishes for my kids, I couldn't help but laugh as I had just made two dishes based on pork and cabbage!!  So take your pick or enjoy them both at the same time like we did.  We actually enjoyed it so much that we didn't really have a lot of leftovers despite doubling the recipe!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! You really do know how to make cooking look absolutely divine and, more importantly for me, SIMPLE! I can't wait to try the Brussels sprouts recipe, which will be my second recipe for those mini cabbages!