Several days ago, my mum came back home with two fresh cabbages and said to me: ” make a stew”. And well, you have to listen to your mother. I have to confess, I was not too thrilled about the fact that I have never in my life prepared a stew before, or that I am not a huge fan of cabbage. Today was the day when I finally forced myself to do the research on cabbage stew recipes and actually prepare the stew. While searching something delicious to make I realized that most of the recipes are almost the same or similar somehow, so I did not bother myself with a particular one and went on improvising. By the way, what was really new for me, was the fact, that cabbage stew is actually a traditional Lithuanian autumn/winter dish. Hm…
- 1 medium-sized cabbage,
- 3 carrots,
- 4 pieces of garlic,
- 3 celery scapes,
- 2 tomatoes,
- some butter;
- smoked sausages ( I used 5 of them as I`m not a huge meat eater),
- some thyme, salt, pepper, marjoram.
Firstly, chop the cabbage into straws, put it into a stewing-pot, poor some water that the cabbage would half sink in it ( I used 2 cups), salt the cabbage and leave it on the stove for ~45minutes to stew. In the meantime do this. Chop sausages into pieces, fry them from 3 to 5 minutes and put it aside for the time being. Now put some butter into a pan, poor chopped onions and fry them until they become a nice golden color. Also put them aside. Now in the same pan, put the chopped carrots and celery and let them cook for ~5minutes (if needed add some oil). In the meantime peal 2 tomatoes, chop them into small pieces and add them into the pan together with the carrots, celery. Put in chopped garlic and let them cook for ~4minutes.
Now, when you are done with this, you can check how the cabbage is stewing. If the cabbage is already soft you can now put in carrots, sausage, onions, celery, garlic and tomatoes, season it with some pepper ( I also added some chilli, just because we like the food a bit hot), thyme and marjoram and leave it to stew some more. So, after those 45minutes just taste the stew and if you want you can stew it a bit more ( as for me, I stewed it 15 more minutes). And that`s it! Warming and tasty! I would say 8/10. The stew can be eaten by itself or with cooked potatoes or with whatever your heart desires.
P. S. I made a promise to myself that the next recipe would be something sweet. I am, after all, a sweets person.