Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Braised Pork, Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes
It was a day to go through the freezer and use up some small packages of meat. I found a 2 pound package of bone in country (Western) ribs and 2 fresh (as opposed to smoked) Polish sausages. Half a head of cabbage in the fridge and a few potatoes made for a great braised one pot meal!
Makes about 4 servings
2 Tbl olive oil
2 pounds bone in pork country ribs, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 fresh Polish sausages
1 Tbl butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of thinly sliced garlic
1/2 head medium cabbage, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbl sweet Hungarian paprika
1 cup water, divided
3 to 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
Salt and pepper
In a large shallow oven proof pan with a lid, heat the oil and brown the pork rib pieces. Remove to a plate. Add the sausages and brown them well and remove to the same plate as the ribs.
Add the tablespoon of butter to the pan and add the onions and garlic. Saute until the onion softens a bit.
Add the cabbage, salt, pepper and paprika and give everything a stir.
Add 1/2 cup of the water, cover the pan and cook over medium heat to soften the cabbage just a bit, probably about 5 minutes.
Return the meat into the pan and nestles the potatoes in. Add that last 1/2 cup water and re season with salt and pepper.
Cover the pan and bake in a 350F oven for about 1 1/2 hours or until the ribs are almost fall off the bone tender.