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Braised Cabbage With Potatoes And Smoked Sausage

Brasied Cabbage With Potatoes And Smoked Sausage (2)

Brasied Cabbage With Potatoes And Smoked Sausage (1)

My Braised Cabbage With Potatoes And Smoked Sausage, in a somewhat simpler style, is a dish I grew up eating. My mom made cabbage and potatoes as a side dish never as the main meal. She always added salt pork to flavor the dish. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was delicious I just thought I’d update the dish and make it a complete one-pot meal. I’m leaving out the salt pork and adding smoked sausage along with a few other ingredients. Full of flavor, my Braised Cabbage With Potatoes And Smoked Sausage is a delicious one-pot meal.

When making a one pot meal, I like to have all my ingredients ready. Let’s start with getting the prep done for this dish.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 12-inch deep sided frying pan with a lid, serving bowls, Chef’s knife

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups smoked sausage, smoked turkey sausage, or kielbasa, 1-inch pieces (cut lengthwise then cut the halves lengthwise in half, next, cut them across into quartered half moons)
1 large head of cabbage, core removed, sliced very thin
1 1/2 cups of green onions, sliced thin (reserve green tops for garnish, slice the tops on the bias)
3 cups carrots, (cut the same as the smoked sausage)
4 cups 1 inch cubed Yukon gold/red potatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced
2/3 cup unsalted chicken broth
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (substitute 1 tablespoon of dried parsley flakes)

Directions:
First, have all the vegetables prepped. Have the pan preheating on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Drop in the diced onions, diced carrots, minced garlic, minced Fresno chili, Kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the green onions, fennel seeds and toss those through. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Next, add the diced smoked sausage to the vegetables, continue stirring. Next, top with the cubed potatoes and toss through.

Next, add half of the sliced cabbage. Toss the cabbage through with the hot vegetables allowing the cabbage to wilt down, another 2 to 3 minutes. Once that’s happened, add the remaining cabbage and repeat. Season with a sprinkling of Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Pour the chicken broth and apple cider vinegar over the cabbage. Place the lid on, turn the heat down to medium, and cook for 30 minutes.

Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, cook uncovered for another 10 minutes or until the pan juices evaporate and the cabbage just starts to brown.  Add the green onion tops and finely chopped parsley.

Ladle into porcelain bowls and serve hot.

 

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Tips For Your Fresh Herbs

Frozen Fresh Basil

Frozen Fressh Basil

When certain herbs aren’t in season, I have a great tip for storing them so you’ll have fresh herbs all year long. Ice cube trays are an awesome way to do just that. You want to finely chop the herb of your choice.  Next, place them into whatever type of tray you have on hand. I have these funky rectangle ice trays that have silicone bottoms, so they are easy to pop out whatever you’ve frozen.

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I place the herbs in each one. These hold 1 tablespoon each. Next, carefully fill them up with water, and freeze.

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Once they’re frozen, I pop them out and transfer to ziplock baggies. Mark the bags with the name of the herb and the date. You’ll have fresh herbs whenever you need them.

Frozen Fressh Basil

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Banana Cream Cheesecake

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What do you get when you mix banana cream pie with cheesecake? A Banana Cream Cheesecake. This dessert will have you coming back for seconds.

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Above is a picture of my vanilla sugar. I keep my vanilla pods after I’ve scraped the caviar out, I add the pod into my granulated sugar jar, this way I always have vanilla sugar on hand.  I’m using vanilla sugar in my shortbread cookie crust for this recipe

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Offset Spatula

Above is what’s called an offset spatula. This makes frosting any type of cake so much easier than using, for example; a butter knife.

Note: A useful tip for frosting is to dip the offset spatula into very hot water then wiping off the spatula off. You want to do this once you spread the cream all over the top with the Bavarian cream.  This technique will give you a smooth top and defined outer edge.

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Yields: 12 servings
Bake Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Inactive Bake Time: 30 minutes in the oven
Cool Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Equipment: Electric or Stand Mixer, Spring Form Pan, Food Processor

Crust:
2 1/2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs (
12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
4 tbsp granulated sugar (optional vanilla sugar)

Bavarian Cream:
1 tsp powdered gelatin
2 tbsp whole milk
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp banana extract

2/3 cup cold heaving whipping cream
5 tbsp powdered sugar

Cheesecake Filling:
24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
4 tsp banana extract
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup pureed bananas (2 bananas)*
3 large eggs, room temperature

Directions For Whipped Cream Topping:
1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 fresh sliced bananas

Note: Use ripe bananas, not ones that have browned

Directions For Crust:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper lined in the bottom and grease the sides. Add the broken up shortbread cookies to a food processor, fitted with the metal blade. Press pulse a few times to process the cookies into crumbs. Add in the melted butter, and keep pulsing, until the mixture has the consistency of wet sand. Carefully remove the blade, then dump the crumbs into the springform pan. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides (ex: pictures above) of the springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that the water doesn’t seep through the springform pan. (ex: pictures above). Set prepared pan aside.

Directions For Bavarian Cream:
In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin onto the milk and set aside. In a medium-size bowl, whisk the egg yolks together and set aside. Add the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and banana extract to a large saucepan and heat over medium heat until warm. Remove the cream mixture from the heat and slowly pour the hot cream into the whisked eggs to temper* them. Add the egg and cream mixture back into the saucepan and return to the heat. Continue cooking over medium heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, or reaches 160 degrees F. This process should happen pretty quickly. Add the gelatin mixture to the hot cream and stir until smooth.

Pour the custard into another bowl and set that bowl inside another larger bowl containing a good amount of ice. Allow the custard cool to room temperature. While the custard is cooling, add heavy cream and powdered sugar to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form. Once the custard (Bavarian cream) has cooled, gently fold the whipped cream into the custard. (Note: Be sure the custard is, at a minimum, room temperature so whipped cream does not wilt). Place a piece of plastic wrap directly over the custard so a skin doesn’t form on top, and transfer to refrigerator.

Directions For Cheesecake:
Set oven temperature to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and flour on low speed until completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air add to the batter, ( this may cause cracks in the cake). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the sour cream, banana and vanilla extract, mix on low speed until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each of them are added. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.

Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust. Place the springform pan inside a large roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top of the aluminum foil on the springform pan. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. The center should be set, but still slightly. Turn the oven off and leave the door closed for an additional 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook but slowly begins to cool as well.

Crack the oven door for an additional 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to cool slowly. This helps to prevent cracking. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath along with the foil wrapping. Place onto a cooling rack and cool for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from the springform pan.

Spread the chilled Bavarian cream, using an offset spatula, all over the top. A good tip for frosting (underneath the picture of the offset spatula) is referenced above. Refrigerate the cheesecake until completely cool and firm, about 6 hours.

Add the heavy whipping, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract for the whipped cream topping to the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. whisk on high speed until stiff peaks. Pipe swirls of whipped cream around the edges of the cheesecake. Add sliced fresh bananas for the top and along the sides.

Store in refrigerator. If you’re decorating in advance with the whipped cream and fresh bananas, place cheesecake in a plastic cake container, then into the freezer.  This will stop the bananas from turning brown.  Bring the cheesecake out to thaw out enough to slice before serving.

*To Temper, is the process of adding a small amount of the hot cream slowly to beaten eggs while whisking so the eggs won’t scramble. Then add the egg mixture back to the pot, combining it with the rest of the cream mixture.

 

 

 

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