Polish-American Cabbage Pie
This is a wonderful example of American born cooks recreation of their Polish mothers or grandmothers cooking. My grandmother never used a written recipe, she measured with her hands, fingers and eyes. The amount of cabbage is my eyeball measurement of a head of chopped cabbage.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 2 9-inch pie shells (I use Pillsbury)
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 lb ground lean pork or 1 lb beef
- 8 cups roughly chopped cabbage
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 8 ounces sour cream
- salt and pepper
- 4 slices American cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp, remove, drain on paper towels and crumble.
- Pour off and reserve bacon drippings.
- Brown pork, drain and set aside.
- Add bacon drippings, cabbage and onion to the skillet, cook stirring frequently until cabbage is crispy tender.
- Add bacon, pork, sour cream, salt and pepper and combine.
- Line a 9 inch pie pan with one of the pie crusts, add half of the cabbage mixture and top with cheese slices.
- Add the remaining cabbage and cover with the remaining pie crust.
- Seal and flute the pie crust edges, cut slits in the top crust and bake on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes.
- Let sit 10-15 minutes before serving.
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This was so good!!! It does make a large pie. I will need to downsize the recipe for just the two of us. I live at a high altitude so baked at 425 degrees for 15 min then 375 degrees for 30 plus min. I kind of lost track of the time. I kept the edges of pie crust covered until the last few minutes of baking time. Before baking I brushed the crust with an egg /water mixture. ThanksReply
This pie was easy and delicious. I'm amazed how a minimal amount of ingredients can create an amazingly flavorful and satisfying dish. I followed Carol's Polish grandmother's recipe above but brushed the top of the crust with some sour cream in tribute to my Polish grandmother who never let a crust cook without some dairy to moisten it. Great is certainly open to any chef's creativity. This recipe is a keeper.Reply
A wonderful presentation.This makes a very full pie. Carol this was just great. Since bacon was in the mixture I used all beef. I added 1/2 cup ketchup and 1 teaspoon crushed caraway seed to the mixture. Then brushed the top crust with buttermilk and sprinkled some caraway on top.I baked the first 15 minutes in a 425 degree oven then the last 30 minutes at 350 degrees.I did place the pie dish on a baking sheet which caught the drippings that bubbled over. Thanks from my Husband too!1Reply