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Polish Braised Cabbage

Updated: Mar 26

Schabowy (Breaded Pork Cutlet) served with delicious braised cabbage is one of the most popular Polish dishes. It is an ideal Sunday dinner, particularly when served with boiled new potatoes. Sweetheart cabbage is used in this recipe because it cooks quickly and has an excellent taste. I hope that you will enjoy this dish as much as I do!

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Braised Cabbage with Schabowy
Perfect Sunday Dinner !

This recipe makes: 4 portions

Ingredients for Polish Braised Cabbage:

  • 1 large sweetheart cabbage, shredded (you can use white cabbage, just boil it for longer for desired texture)

  • 3 slices of unsmoked bacon, finely chopped

  • 1 medium shallot, sliced

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 0.3oz of fresh dill (10g), finely chopped

  • Water

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp caraway (optional - it helps with the side effects of the cabbage)

  • 1/2 tsp Vegeta seasoning or salt to taste

How to prepare Polish Braised Cabbage:

1. In a medium-sized pot, add shredded cabbage, sliced shallot, and sliced garlic.

2. Add enough water to cover the cabbage halfway and bring to a boil.

3. Partially cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes, allowing the volume of the cabbage to even out with the water.

4. While the cabbage simmers, prepare a roux to thicken it. In a small pan over medium heat, fry chopped bacon until it renders its fat. Next, add 1 tbsp of plain flour to incorporate with the fat, and then mix in 2 ladles of the cabbage liquid. Transfer the roux back to the pot with the cabbage to thicken the mixture.

5. Simmer for an additional 2 minutes or until the cabbage thickens to you liking.

6. Add seasoning, fresh dill, black pepper, white wine vinegar, sugar, caraway and finish with Vegeta seasoning or salt to taste. Smacznego!

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Braised Cabbage with Schabowy food photography
Smacznego !

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