Cabbage surprise

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Recipe review

This is still tasty

4.1/5 ..even after nearly a year in Lockdown! Jerry, aka Chef)

Cabbage surprise
Cabbage surprise
A version with added bacon lardons
Servings:Serves 2
Calories per serving:712
Ready in:1 hour, 50 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:1 hour, 30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:1st April 2020

In this CV19 / Coronavirus lock-down period, in order to avoid trips to the supermarket which risk public contact, we are attempting to use locally available produce and items we already have in the store cupboards and the freezer. In our village we are fortunate to have a number of stalls selling locally grown fruit and vegetables, only a 5 minute cycle ride away.

Although, as the name might imply, it started as a bit of a joke, but it was so good, I'm committing it to a recipe and making it again.

I appreciate most people probably won't have exactly the same powdered flavourings that we have available from our fairly large stock of Taste Sensation products, but with a little ingenuity you can do pretty well. I've listed a few alternative suggestions in the variations section.

I've also used a food processor, which makes life easier, but you can do just as well with a knife - that helps to kill time too!


Printable 🛒 shopping list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

Mise en place

  • Preheat your oven to 200° C (400° F - gas 6), [fan oven 180° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]


  1. Rinse and drain the potato slices in fresh cold water a few times to remove any excess starch and dry in a salad spinner of tea towel
  2. Brush a little olive oil around an iron or glass based oven-proof casserole dish
  3. Distribute the cabbage slices over the base of the dish
  4. cover with about half of the sliced leeks
  5. Add a layer of potatoes and cover those with more leeks
  6. Pour the chicken stock over this and press down well
  7. Form the sausage meat into small meatballs and place those on the leeks
  8. Cover with the remaining potato slices, ensuring that all the meatballs are covered with the slices of potato, so the meat cannot burn or dry out
  9. Pour the Taste Sensation Smokey BBQ & Apple sauce Mix all over this - it makes a really nice finish once the potatoes crisp up se ensure everything is covered
  10. Spray a little olive oil over the potatoes to help them crisp up
  11. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes at 200° C - check every 30 minutes and cover with a metal baking tray if it looks as though it is starting to burn.
  12. Voila - Cabbage surprise!

Serving suggestions

This was superb on its own.


Pop some peeled apple slices amongst the cabbage and sprinkle with some sugar and smoked paprika.

Make up the sauce mix with 3 tablespoons of bottled barbecue sauce and a few tablespoons of tomato sauce

Make the sauce with a teaspoon of chilli powder, a teaspoon of smoked paprika,a tablespoon of paprika powder and two teaspoons of honey

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