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Cabbage and Kielbasa

Aunt Helen’s Creamy Cabbage and Kielbasa

Creamy hearty cabbage, onions and kielbasa. Slight tartness from mustard which blends well with sour cream.  Try this creamy cabbage kielbasa meal for a hardy cool weather meal. 

Creamy Cabbage and Kielbasa

My great Aunt Helen was a unique individual. She was concerned about healthy eating and exercise before it became popular.

In the last years of her life she was featured in her local newspaper because of her edible landscaping.  There was a vegetable garden at her chain link fence around the perimeter of her back yard, grape vines from which she made her own wine, nut trees in the front yard and large containers (used whiskey barrels) at the back of her yard in which she grew blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  Of course, she had a large compost pile at the back of her property.

She was always sharing: her knowledge, opinions, recipes and home cooked meals.  When I was in college, I attended school in her town, I could always count on a home cooked meal if I went to visit her.  I thought I was just going for a meal, but I gained so much more than food.  I will always be grateful that I was a hungry college student because it gave me an opportunity to build a relationship with her I probably never would have had.

Creamy Cabbage and Kielbasa

This recipe was one she served our very large family when we would stop to see her on the way to the beach (she lived at the coast).  My mom and her two sisters, with their six children and youngest brother, would go to the beach every summer for a week.  It was a tradition that we would eat lunch at her house before heading out to the rental house.  Oh, how we children fussed and fumed over the delay!!! Didn’t the adults understand the beach was waiting for us?  Who could think about eating when the waves and sand were calling to us?

Now you can understand why I was glad I had my college years to really get to know and appreciate her.

Cabbage and Kielbasa

She would always collect new recipes and prepare them for us.  Thankfully 99% of them were fantastic!!  She was, of course, always sharing her recipes with us (even the ones we thought were duds). Every time I prepare her creamy cabbage and kielbasa I am transported back to her kitchen and can hear the whining children, the adults talking over us, the laughter and smell the loving aromas coming from her home.

Cabbage and Kielbasa

Besides the memories, this is a wonderful dish.  It is easy to prepare and tastes so good.

I hope you enjoy it and make some family memories in the process!


Aunt Helen's Creamy Cabbage and Kielbasa
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped coarse
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup brown mustard
  • 2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 13 oz Turkey Polska Kielbasa, sliced
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, add enough water to barely cover the bottom of the pot, place coarsely chopped cabbage and sliced onions.
  2. Cook on medium heat until cabbage and onions are tender.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir in mustard and sour cream or yogurt.
  5. Add cut up turkey kielbasa.

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