Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage with Hot Dogs Recipe - Cheap Meals
Try crock pot cabbage and hot dogs!
I love the taste of cooked cabbage, and the kid in me still loves hot dogs. Bringing the two of these items together in a crock pot, cooked over several hours, meshes two great foods and flavors. This recipe requires few—or no—spices, as the ingredients mix in the crock pot to bring their own delicious flavor to this recipe.
Cabbage is a great dish to cook in a slow cooker. Slow cooking retains the flavor and softens the texture. Cabbage can be cooked alone, with few spices such as salt and pepper or a few sprinkles of a salt or herb mixture. Garlic is also a good additive to nearly recipe, in my book; it can be added by either mincing whole cloves or simply sprinkling on garlic powder or salt. I like adding caraway seed to cabbage, regardless of what meat--if any--is included with it.
Besides hot dogs, other meats can be added to cabbage. Cut up and throw in links of polish sausage. Slice up bratwurst to add, in plain and other flavors. Add in sausage links, corned beef, or even canned Spam. All of these meats will help to flavor the simple taste of steamed cabbage. This dish, using hot dogs instead of corned beef, can serve as a cheaper alternative for a St. Patrick's Day meal, as well.
1 head cabbage, cut into fairly large pieces
1 package hot dogs (8-10 franks, preferably beef)
1 red apple (another sweet apple could work)
2 pieces bacon
3 Tbs. or pats of butter
What do you think about this recipe?
Before you start cutting up items, first fry or microwave bacon. I put it in the microwave with a paper towel covering it—for about 90 seconds to two minutes. Cut up cabbage into chunks. They don’t have to be too small, as they will break down over time in the crock pot. Put cabbage pieces in crock pot and turn level to high setting. Cut up one package of hot dogs into small pieces and add to crock pot. Cut up one red apple into small pieces and add to mix. Crumble cooked bacon and add as well. Cut 3 pats of butter and set on top.
After about an hour, stir everything up. After another hour, do the same. You will see that the mixture is starting to shrink and mix together nicely. Some juice will appear, pulled out from the cabbage, hot dogs, apple, bacon, and butter—all of the ingredients!
Cook 3 and ½ hours to 4 hours on high, depending on desired texture. I cooked about 4 hours. I’m sure 8 hours or so on low while at work would be fine, too. I’ve yet to try that, but I’m sure I will, as I was impressed by this crock pot ensemble!
What Spices to Add
I had thought that I would add such spices as salt, pepper, garlic, or caraway seeds, but the flavors here mixed together so well that no added spices were needed.
I could hardly stop “sampling” the dish. The apple seems to give the recipe a slight sweetness as the apple disappears during the cooking.
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