Slow cooker kielbasa, cabbage and potatoes is a hearty, warming dish that’s perfect for a chilly evening. Comfort food like this ‘stick-to-your-ribs’ dish pair slow cooker sausage and cabbage with potatoes for a delicious evening meal. You can combine this slow cooked cabbage with either kielbasa, bratwurst or sausage for a tasty dinner.
Choose from kielbasa, bratwurst or sausage depending which you like best. In addition you’ll need potatoes, onion, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, chicken stock, butter, and Cajun seasoning to add some warming spice.
This kielbasa crockpot recipe is super-easy to prepare, especially since you can slow cook it all day long. If you add the ingredients to your crockpot then get home 7 or 8 hours later, you won’t believe the delicious aromas coming from your kitchen!
Who would’ve thought slow cooked cabbage, potatoes and sausage could smell (and taste) so good?
How to Make Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Cabbage and Potatoes
Most of the work you need to do for this slow cooker sausage and cabbage dish entails chopping the ingredients. After that you can add the sausage, potatoes, cabbage, and onions to the crockpot. Then mix in the other ingredients before dotting the butter on top.
How Long Does It Take to Cook?
This kielbasa, bratwurst or sausage stew takes about 7 hours on low or 3 hours on high. If I’m going to be out all day I like to cook recipes on low but if I want to eat in a few hours then high works just as well. The difference in flavor and texture is minimal so use whichever heat setting you want.
As for side dishes, this is actually a complete meal in one, since you have meat, potatoes and vegetables in there. If you want something else, consider crusty bread which you can use to soak up all those wonderful juices! I promise you’ll want to mop up every last drop.
What Exactly is Kielbasa?
Kielbasa is actually the Polish word for sausage. You can get it cured, dried or fresh, smoked or unsmoked. Ingredients such as juniper, marjoram and garlic are popular while the sausage itself can be made from veal, pork or mixed meats.
Kielbasa can be cooked like any other sausage. In fact you can use kielbasa, bratwurst or sausage in this recipe so it’s completely interchangeable.
This type of Polish sausage can be cooked whole, chopped or have the casing removed depending on the recipe. When combining it with slow cooked cabbage and potatoes it cooks best if chopped into ¼-inch chunks.
In this kielbasa crockpot recipe, you’ll find the type of sausage you use determines the flavour. Choose whichever kind you like. Anything from smoked juniper kielbasa to a cured veal and garlic variety will work fine for slow cooker kielbasa, cabbage and potatoes.
And what are Fingerling Potatoes?
Fingerlings are short, little potatoes. They come in different colours and sizes. They are waxy with thin skins and they have a nice, mild taste which makes them great to pair with slow cooker sausage and cabbage.
You can sub Yukon Gold potatoes in this recipe if you prefer – just chop them to the right size. Yukon Gold are multipurpose potatoes. Another idea would be using your favourite kind of baby potatoes instead.
Regular green cabbage is fine or you could try red cabbage or your favourite kind. As for the chicken stock, some are saltier than others so watch how much additional salt you add. You don’t want your slow cooker kielbasa, cabbage and potatoes to come out too salty.
What Does Cajun Seasoning Taste Like?
By now you can see this is a fusion dish. The potatoes and cabbage are reminiscent of Ireland while the kielbasa is Polish. And on top of that you are adding Cajun seasoning!
This type of seasoning is tasty with slow cooked cabbage, potatoes and sausage. It contains paprika, garlic, cayenne, oregano, thyme, onion powder, red pepper, and black pepper. If you don’t have any, just use these spices instead. You can just omit anything you don’t have.
Since potatoes and cabbage have rather neutral flavours and the sausage just tastes meaty, you will find these delicious Cajun flavours complement this kielbasa crockpot recipe perfectly.
I use Cajun seasoning in various recipes. You can try it on chicken, potatoes or oven fries. It even takes the place of Old Bay seasoning in lobster bisque. Feel free to add less or more or, if you’re adding individual spices instead, you can adjust the amount of hot pepper you put in there. Also, if you’re using spicy kielbasa, you can tweak the other ingredients so the end spice level is as you prefer.
If you like this slow cooker sausage and cabbage, you might also like Apple, Gouda and Sausage Breakfast Casserole, Air Fryer Whiskey, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing or Easy Beef and Potato Bake – One Pot Meal.
Easy Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Cabbage and Potatoes Recipe
Easy Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Cabbage and Potatoes
- 2 Pound sausage kielbasa
- 2 Pound potatoes fingerling
- 1 yellow onion
- 1/2 cabbage
- 3 Cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon sundried tomato paste
- 14.5 Ounces tomatoes canned fire roasted
- 2 Cup chicken stock
- 1/4 Cup salted butter
- 1 Teaspoon sea salt flakes
- 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- Prepare ingredients. Chop kielbasa into ¼” pieces, halve the fingerling potatoes, slice onion about ¼” thick, and cut cabbage into 2” wedges.
- Add kielbasa, potatoes, onions, and cabbage to the slow cooker. Lightly stir, then add all remaining ingredients except the butter. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients, then top with butter.
- Cover and cook on low for 7 hours, or high for 3 hours.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Now you know how easy slow cooker kielbasa, cabbage and potatoes is to make and how delicious it is, I’m sure you’ll want to make your own!
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