How to make it

  • Prepare at least 2-3 days before needed, as follows:
  • Rinse sauerkraut with cold water; drain well.
  • Cut pre-cooked pork and ham from bone, including fat.
  • Cut it and sausage into bite-size pieces (about 1/2 to 1 inch cubes).
  • Shred fresh cabbage, chop onion into small pieces, cut prunes into small pieces.
  • In a heavy pot (preferably cast-iron or cast aluminum) place fresh cabbage, add water as needed and 1 teaspoon salt, bring to a boil, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 30 miinutes, or until cabbage is tender.
  • Combine sauerkraut, ham, pork, bay leaves, mushrooms, prunes, peppercorns, allspice with the fresh cabbage.
  • Stir well
  • Sauté bacon until crisp, drain off excess fat and add to mix.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • Cook, uncovered for 20 minutes on medium heat, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least one hour.
  • Remove and discard bay leaves.
  • Set aside in cool place
  • The following day, add 2 oz. vodka or 1/2 glass dark red wine.
  • Stir, taste, add seasoning as needed.
  • Then cover and cook over slow heat for at least an hour.
  • Repeat following day and before serving.
  • Serve with fresh boiled potatoes or dark rye bread.
  • Serve beer, ice-cold vodka or red wine.
  • Whatever is leftover can be reheated and served another day.
  • NOTE: In olden days, every home in Eastern Europe had a barrel of pickled cabbage which was prepared in the fall and used throughout the winter. Now you have to use the canned or jarred version.

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  • polishyourkitchen 8 years ago
    I never ate bigos with a fresh white cabbage, I probably should try.
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  • jmgproductions 9 years ago
    It was great. No Flour necessary. Used a 1/2 lb bacon and reserved fat to fry onion and garlic;used two cored apples instead, fried them briefly as well with 5 chopped carrots. Plenty of moisture with the vodka and water. Reheat was better in microwave than stove, believe it or not!
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  • greekgirrrl 10 years ago day of rest for the lady of the house?
    Looks good!
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    " It was excellent "
    kukla ate it and said...
    Lor, I have had this before, when I was a kid, didn't know what it was nor anything about it -- just knew a friend and that friend's Mom used to make this :) Thank you for posting the recipe (and for the extra info & history :)
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