Make Ahead

A Hearty Hunky Dory One Pot Dinner for a Cool (Cold?) Night

September 20, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

This is one of those totally satisfying, hearty, comforting meals for cool or cold weather. Easy to make and complete in one pot, it's something I make when there's not a lot of time to cook. And doesn't "hunky dory" mean completely satisfying? —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 of a medium cabbage chopped in large pieces
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 pounds kielbasa, cut in 2 to 3 inch pieces
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, depending on your taste for tart
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet with a cover, saute the onion in the butter until the onion begins to soften.
  2. Add the cabbage, potatoes, paprika, water and a little salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes until the cabbage begins to wilt.
  4. Add the kielbasa, cover and simmer for another 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Stir in the red wine vinegar and simmer another minute or two. Salt and pepper to taste and serve!

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  • Knightcraft
  • krikri
  • fiveandspice
  • wssmom
  • AnnieNJ

Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

28 Reviews

Knightcraft September 17, 2018
Came looking for reviews... got none. lol
krikri September 17, 2018
I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for but I made this and it was wonderful. And easy! Bon appetit!
JRM August 14, 2018
Sounds delicious! Do you use smoked or fresh kielbasa in this recipe?
inpatskitchen August 15, 2018
Thanks JRM! I use smoked for this (Kowalski).
krikri July 28, 2017
I love discovering easy delicious meals. Thank you so much!
inpatskitchen July 28, 2017
Thank YOU krikri!!
fiveandspice April 16, 2013
Yum. This is the best kind of meal. Everything good all in one pot!
inpatskitchen April 16, 2013
Thanks Emily! I pot meals are always the best!
wssmom September 26, 2011
I cannot wait until the cooler weather comes to make this; I love kielbasa! (and I haven't heard anyone use the phrase "hunky dory" in, like, forever LOL
inpatskitchen September 26, 2011
Oh I hope you enjoy this wssmom! (and don't forget...I'm older than dirt and probably use phrases you've never heard LOL)
AnnieNJ September 25, 2011
Ohhhh myyyy.. when ever I see kielbasa it brings back childhood memories!! I already printed this out!! I am Hungarian and seeing kielbasa and Hungarian Paprika in a recipe makes me go bonkers hehehee Fall has arrived and even if it didn't.. I'd be making this dish! Can't wait till tomorrow so I can go food shopping... oh and a one pot meal to boot.. what more can you ask for!! yummmmy!!! I can smell it now!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
inpatskitchen September 25, 2011
Thank YOU AnnieNJ! Sometimes I add even more paprika ! My mom at Thanksgiving would make sauerkraut, onions, paprika and turkey drippings and broth..saute it up and bake it...I still do it as part of Thanksgiving tradition, but cut some of the sauerkraut with fresh cabbage...I'm Bulgarian and must be an Eastern European thing!
EmilyC September 22, 2011
This is fall comfort food at its best!
inpatskitchen September 22, 2011
Thanks Emily...nice and easy!
Cherri September 22, 2011
Excuse me, but I didn't get the amount of water to use - wasn't in the original recipe. . .
inpatskitchen September 22, 2011
Sorry Cherri...I just fixed's one cup of water.
Cherri September 22, 2011
I was wondering if you could substitute a good pound or so of brussells sprouts for the cabbage, but maybe making it a bit too sweet?
Bevi September 22, 2011
Wow this brings back childhood memories. Kielbasa was a staple in our household.
inpatskitchen September 22, 2011
I does take you back doesn't it? Thanks
boulangere September 21, 2011
Satisfying, hearty, comforting; cabbage, potatoes, sausage: you've hit a couple of trifectas here.
inpatskitchen September 22, 2011
Thanks so much!!
GiGi26 September 21, 2011
Love this!! I make something very similar, sometimes I add a chopped apple.
inpatskitchen September 21, 2011
Thanks! Chopped apple sounds wonderful...I'll try it next time
hardlikearmour September 20, 2011
Oh my gosh! This brings me back to a dish my husband used to cook us for dinner while I was in school. His combined sauerkraut, potatoes, and kielbasa in a single pot.
inpatskitchen September 20, 2011
Oh yes!! I've added a little sauerkraut to this in the past when I have it.. Absent the sauerkraut, the red wine vinegar compensates. I hope you liked your husband's version!
hardlikearmour September 30, 2011
Thanks to this post, my husband made his "German Dinner" the other night! It's surprisingly good.
inpatskitchen September 30, 2011
I'm so glad! Never underestimate the culinary skills of the husband (LOL)!!
inpatskitchen September 20, 2011
Thanks! One pot meals are a favorite around here ( especially when I'm doing the cooking!)