Ukrainian Cabbage with Smoked Meats (Bigos: Kapusta z vudzhenynoiu)




1 lb. boneless pork shoulder
2 tbsp. bacon grease or
2 cups sauerkraut
3 md. onions
4 cups shredded cabbage
2 bay leaves
4 to 6 peppercorns
2 allspice berries
1-1/2 lb. smoked sausage or
1 lb. dry cured boneless ham
3 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. lard
1 cup ham stock or


In a large dutch oven, brown the pork shoulder on all sides in bacon grease. Remove to a plate. Drain sauerkraut and reserve liquid. Cook chopped onions until clear, and add cabbage and sauerkraut. Mix well, add bay leaf, peppercorns, and allspice. Return pork shoulder to pot, cover, and cook over low heat for 1 hour or until pork is tender. Skim off fat. Add sausage, ham, and sauerkraut juice. Cook 30 minutes. In a saucepan, cook flour in lard, stirring until golden. Blend in ham stock or water, and pour into the bigos, mixing again. Heat to boiling and simmer until sauce thickens.

Slice pork and cut sausage diagonally into 2 inch pieces. Arrange pork, ham slices, and sausage over the cabbage mixture (with bay leaves removed) in a large deep platter.

Author's Comments

Bigos, at its best, may be served to the most "important" guests. It consists of two types of cabbage, sweet and sour, and an assortment of smoked meats as well as fresh pork. The best accompaniment is good bread and potatoes in any form. This dish may be prepared up to a week in advance.

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