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Cabbage Jambalaya Recipe
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Cabbage Jambalaya

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"This is an EASY recipe. My son hates cabbage but will eat this like crazy. You can make it low fat by using ground turkey and low fat sausage. They won't know the difference."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a large stock pot over medium high heat, combine ground beef, smoked sausage, onion, celery and garlic. Cook until beef is evenly brown. Stir in cabbage, tomatoes, water and rice. Season with garlic salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until rice is done.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2003

Hey Susan, my girls thought this dish was delicious and they gave it four stars, however, my hubby absolutely flipped over it and said, Oh man, definitely five stars"! I did tweak it a bit to suit our tastes. Normally I would brown my meat first so I can drain the fat, but the recipe called for browning the meat along with the vegies, and no draining was mentioned. I did do that but then put everything in a colander to get rid of the fat. I added a green pepper, used red onion and in addition to the tomatos I used about half of a large can of tomato sauce. I also seasoned with garlic and onion powders, cayenne pepper and "Essence". Hubby is home alone every Wednesday night (poor guy. yeah, right) and was not only thrilled with his dinner but also with the "Crunch Drop" cookies I made this afternoon. (also on this site) I rarely see him eat desserts but he polished off quite a few! I'm always looking for different ways to use cabbage, as it's such a nutritious veggie and this was truly great. Thanks Susan!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2004

This jambalaya started better, but it does not make good leftovers. It tastes good, but gets mushy. If you're going to eat it in one sitting, then I would recommend, but if there's only 2 people eating, then either 1/2 the recipe or try something else and save this one for later.

Jul 13, 2007

To anyone who has reservations about trying this recipe: If you like spicy, esp. jambalaya, or rice based recipes - this is truly a great way to combine the beloved with something as mundane as cabbage, voila! This is the umpteenth time I've made this...I was one of the first to review it in '04. Like other reviewers, I've modified this recipe to give it some umph! I use rotel, hot sm. sausage, Creole or Old Bay seasonings...I even throw in a can of black-eyed peas. Cornbread and Iced Tea to boot! Gotta Love it! Yeah, I'm a Texas Girl...

Jan 28, 2009

This recipe is delicious. Based on other reviews, I used beef stock (approx 4 cups) instead of water. I used 2 cans of seasoned diced tomatoes. I added Old Bay and cajun seasoning to spice it up. I also added a small can of diced chili peppers as well as a half pkg of dried onion soup mix. Since others said the rice may get mushy, I cooked my brown rice separately. I used 1 cup of rice to 1 1/2 cup of water (instead of the usual 2 c water to 1 c rice) so that the rice would cook completely once added in the end. Delicious!! Update - I had not made this since I reviewed it in Oct 2006, but I made it again using Andouille sausage instead of smoked sausage. Gave it lots of flavor and was truly delicious! Give it a try!

Jan 10, 2011

This is a delicious, great for a meal or side dish.

Dec 31, 2003

If you are familiar with Polish food, this tastes a lot like Golumpki (sp?)but this is much less work. Instead of garlic salt, I used Lawry's seasoning salt; for the sausage I had linguica on hand(Portugese sausage)and it was very good. Kielbasa would also be excellent. I scaled the recipe up so I would have leftovers. I recommend adding water (or perhaps spaghetti/tomato sauce diluted with water) when re-heating this. My family rated this a keeper. If you think your kids don't like cabbage, you'd be surprised how much they'll like this.

Jul 24, 2005

Yummy! Hot and spicy. I used andouille instead of smoked sausage. Also used brown rice instead of white and added extra beef broth and a can of Rotel with the diced tomatoes. Added homemade cajun seasoning too. Awesome!

Dec 27, 2003

My Wife and I really like this dish. The cabbage adds a new twist to "jambalaya". I agree with everyone else on the liquid content. I omitted the water and used three cans of broth, plus a few extra cloves of garlic. Mmmm!! I will certainly make this dish again. Thanks for the great recipe!!


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  • Calories
  • 624 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.5 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 36.9 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 5.4 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 28.6 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 1561 mg
  • 62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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