This recipe was a staple in my house growing up. It was a quick one pot meal Mom could get on the table on a week night. I know now that this is called a "Boiled Dinner". We always called it "Boiled Cabbage and Sausage". The sausage and onions really give this meal all it's flavor. Starting with cold water and bringing it to a boil pulls the spice from the smoke sausage and flavors the pot. Mom always served this meal with butter and vinegar on the table. Butter was great on everything. But the vinegar was great on the cabbage. I decided to get fancy with the recipe and I added a bay leaf, some thyme sprigs and pepper to the pot this time. To be honest I really did not see much of a difference. Some recipes are just fine and should be left alone.
Boiled Cabbage and Sausage
1 head of Cabbage, quartered with core/stem trimmed but intact
1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 2” pieces
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2” pieces
4 small onions, peeled and halved with root attached
8 new red potatoes
1 tsp salt
Red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
2-3 sprigs of thyme
Place all ingredients in a large pot, fill with water just to cover. Bring to a boil. Boil until potatoes are fork tender, approximately 20 minutes. Drain and serve.
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