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Smothered cabbage recipe

Southern Smothered Cabbage

This flavorful smothered cabbage has onions, garlic, authentic creole spices, and tender smoked turkey. It's a classic southern side dish that's perfect for just about any soul food style meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Creole, Southern
Keyword smothered cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Rosie


  • 1 large head of savoy cabbage, or regular green cabbage chopped
  • 1 large smoked turkey wing
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4-6 cloves garlic


  • Place the smoked turkey into a large pot, and pour in 4 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, and cook until the turkey is tender. At this time, there is very little liquid in the pot, but do not get rid of it (It's flavor baby!!)
  • Next turn the heat off, and remove the turkey from the pot.
  • Chop the turkey meat into bite sizes, then set to the side.
  • Place the pot back on the stove top, and turn the heat to medium high.
  • Add in the onions, and garlic then cook until they are translucent.
  • Start adding in the cabbage, and stir.
  • Cover the pot, and let the cabbage cook down some.
  • Toss in the smoked turkey meat, and sprinkle in the creole seasoning and black pepper.
  • Stir everything, place the lid on the pot, and let the cabbage cook down for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid from pot, and stir the cabbage. Place the lid back on pot.
  • Cook the cabbage until it's nice and tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!