Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew

5 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 16 Comments

The husband wasn’t home for dinner yesterday so I decided to have a little fun. Although, in hindsight, I think he would have liked this one.

My idea was a simple sausage and cabbage stew, kind of like this one but without the potatoes because I didn’t have any. Then I spied apples in my fruit basket and was inspired, pulling out some fun stuff for flavoring.

Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew - the ingredients

The result was spectacular! I could have eaten the whole batch. It was a big ole bowl of comfort. Little Guy pounded 2 sausage links but, as expected, VERY hesitant with the cabbage. I made him take his customary 1 bite and even though he said he didn’t like it I could tell it wasn’t THAT bad. Moms just know these things. ;)

The sausage really absorbed the flavor of everything and the whole dish had that slight tartness that goes great with cooked cabbage. Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer StewMy only change next time would be to try and stuff even more cabbage in the pot as it cooked down so much! I wish I had more to eat with the sausage because the two together made the perfect bite.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1/2 large head of cabbage shredded
  • 2 apples cored and cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 small onion cut into wedges
  • 1 lb package of Turkey Italian Sausage (mine were frozen)
  • 1 12 oz can of beer (I used Coors Light)
  • 1/2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of a good seedy mustard

Put the cabbage, onion, apple and sausage links in the crockpot.

Short side note: While I was cutting the apple someone was VERY curious!

Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew - Apple Eating

He’s never liked apple so this was HUGE! Another reason whey I always involve the kids in the cooking. Even at this age. :)

Anyway, mix the beer, molasses, honey, vinegar and mustard together in a small bowl. Pour it over the ingredients in the crockpot.

Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew - Before

Cook on high for 5 hours. (Low 7-8 should be fine as well.)

Open, give it a stir and take in the aroma!

Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew - After


Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew - all done

I served the sausage whole for myself but cut it for the kids. Servings size is tough on this one especially since I left the sausage whole. I’m estimating it to be 4 but that would mean 1.5 sausages per person which does seem about right. This is the kind of meal I just scoop and eat. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1.5 sausage links plus 1/4 of the cabbage
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
300 2g 6g old: 5 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
19g 0g 28g 23g

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    October 18, 2012

    Roni, do you think brussel sprouts quartered would work just like the cabbage?? i tend to have those on hand and to me they taste a lot like cabbage!


    October 18, 2012

    Hmm good question! I think they would even be cooked all the way through if you left them whole. I think I would like it, but the flavor of the sprout would be stronger. Go for it!


    October 18, 2012

    Holy smokes this looks ah-mazing..I know what's for supper tomorrow :)


    October 18, 2012

    This sound really good but could I make it without the beer. My family has always soaked their brats over night in beer for family picnics and I don't like the flavor.


    October 19, 2012

    Yum! Very Polish or German looking! I have a few great 'repeat' meals and this looks like it'll make the short list!!!

    Michelle Sullivan

    October 19, 2012

    Looks like another good one. Will be adding to the shopping list.


    October 19, 2012

    OMG! That looks amazing. My dh just decided he likes cabbage after years of not eating it, so guess what I'm making for dinner tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that the kids will eat it too.


    October 19, 2012

    This is in the crock pot right now! I substituted potato for the apple and apple wine for the beer, since I didn't have the other ingredients. It was so easy to make - even with my toddler pulling on my pant leg! I'll let you know how it turns out.


    October 23, 2012

    ^^^ The apple wine substitution turned out delicious! And this stew made the house so fragrant as it cooked. I will be making it again soon.


    October 27, 2012

    I made this today Roni - It tastes amazing! I followed it to a tee - except I added a bit more honey/molasses. Great recipe.....Thanks


    October 31, 2012

    I have reduced fat pork sausage that I'm going to use since it's in the fridge - do you think I need to brown it in advance or is 5 hours in the crock pot sufficient to cook it?


    October 31, 2012

    It's definitely enough time to cook it but browning would give it that crust if you like it. Mine were completely frozen and cooked up just fine.


    November 1, 2012

    What do you mean by seedy mustard? Is it something you made? Sounds awesome can't wait to make!!


    November 1, 2012

    Amanda- I just mean a whole mustard, the ones with the round seeds in it, not frenches or anything. ;)


    January 12, 2013

    YUM. I made this tonight with apples, potatoes and a few sweet potatoes. It was a great.


    November 20, 2013

    Made this yesterday and almost followed the recipe ;) It was very good. I did not put in frozen turkey sausages and will definitely do that next time as they cooked down too much with an 8 hour low cook. Ended up using red cabbage and could have added more. Did have fingerling potatoes so that was delicious. Nice to come home to a hearty hot stew like this.