The cabbage comes out tender without being mushy and gives the slow-cooker chicken sausage a slightly sweet flavor. A splash of vinegar at the end perks up the whole meal with a bit of acidic brightness. There are several varieties of smoked chicken sausage from which you can choose. We recommend using an apple-flavored smoked sausage to complement the apples and vinegar.

Source: Everyday Slow Cooker


Recipe Summary

20 mins
6 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Toss together the cabbage, apples, salt, paprika, pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 6 hours.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the sausage, and cook, turning to brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; add 3 tablespoons of the vinegar. Return to the heat, and cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 30 seconds. Add the stock to the skillet; bring to a boil, scraping to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Spoon over the vegetable mixture in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH until the flavors come together, about 1 hour. Garnish with the fresh parsley leaves, if desired, and serve with a splash of apple cider vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

4 to 5 sausage slices [about 2/3 cup], 1 1/2 cups vegetables
250 calories; protein 11g; carbohydrates 25g; dietary fiber 7g; sugars 16g; fat 11g; saturated fat 2g; sodium 605mg.