Place butter in large dutch oven over medium high heat. When butter stops foaming, add onion and salt.
After about 2 minutes, add diced apples and sauté together until onion is clear, about 2 more minutes.
Add diced cabbage and 1/2 cup water, 1/4 tsp. more salt. Stir, cover and let steam for 5 minutes.
Stir occasionally as cabbage steams for about 10 more minutes.
Add smoked sausage and let sauté with the cabbage until sausage is heated through and cabbage is done to your liking, about 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and add salt, if needed. Enjoy!
Instant Pot Instructions
Turn Instant Pot [Sauté] function [On].
Place butter in stainless steel insert and melt.
Add diced onion and a small amount (1/4 tsp.) of the salt. Lightly sauté onion for about 2 minutes.
Add diced apple, diced cabbage, and diced smoked sausage.
Add one cup of water.
Place lid on Instant Pot.
Make sure release valve is set to [Sealing].
Set cooking program to [Pressure Cook] or [Manual].
If your Instant Pot has High and Low Pressure options, press [Pressure Level] or [Pressure] button to change to LOW pressure. If not, High pressure will do fine, but your cabbage will be just a little more cooked.
Set the pressure cooking time to 0 (zero) minutes by pressing the [+] or [-] buttons. Some pressure cookers allow a minimum time of 1 minute, so if that is the case, set for one minute only.
Wait 10 seconds for Instant Pot to start or press [Start] if your machine has a Start button.
Instant Pot will heat up, come to pressure and then beep immediately once the 0 comes up on the screen. Immediately Quick Release the pressure. Stir well and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if desired. Serve and enjoy! Goes great with mashed potatoes!
Red Cabbage and Green Cabbage both work perfectly in this recipe. Same goes for any type of onion and any type of apple.I prefer this on the good ol' fashioned stovetop, but Instant Pot does fine if you need to use it for some reason. It's easy to overcook cabbage, so try to minimize cooking time by pressure cooking for zero minutes (or 1 minute) on LOW pressure, and immediately Quick Releasing the pressure.