Extreme Cabbage. A simple side dish recipe full of delicious smokey flavor. Goes great with your favorite pork recipe and mashed potatoes. If you’re not a big fan of cabbage, this recipe will change your mind.
When I was younger, we had dinner at one of my mom’s friends houses. I remember my mom giving us the “eat everything you are served” lecture before we arrived. Mom believed that when someone takes the time to cook for you, you should be gracious enough to eat it. Normally this philosophy isn’t a problem, but on this particular day I wasn’t sure that I could hold to my moms steadfast rule. Our host was serving cooked cabbage, one of the only vegetables that I absolutely hated.
In the past, if I was served a vegetable that I didn’t like I would find a way to mask the flavor, usually with mashed potatoes. Unfortunately this time there wasn’t anything on the plate that could be used to hide the flavor.
Now being the good girl that I always was (at least I thought so), I took a deep breath and reluctantly took a bite of what I thought was going to be the end of me. Surprisingly I’m here to tell you about how amazing it was and to this day it is one of mine and my families favorite side dishes.
1 pound bacon
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 head cabbage, thinly sliced
salt & pepper
Simple Extreme Cabbage Recipe
Cut bacon into small pieces, fry over medium heat, stirring often, until crispy. Leave bacon and grease in the pan.
You can cook this in a large skillet, but I like to use a cast iron dutch oven. A dutch oven is deep enough to hold all of the cabbage before it gets cooked down.
In my book, any recipe that calls for bacon, makes it extreme. Extreme texture, extreme flavor and extremely yummy!!
While the bacon is cooking, thinly slice an onion and a head of cabbage.
Add the onion, cabbage and garlic to the pan of bacon. Cooking over medium heat, fry the cabbage in the bacon grease until the cabbage is tender. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 head cabbage, thinly sliced
- salt & pepper
- Cut bacon into small pieces, fry over medium heat, stirring often, until crispy. Leave bacon and grease in the pan.
- While the bacon is cooking, thinly slice an onion and a head of cabbage.
- Add the onion, cabbage and garlic to the pan of bacon. Cooking over medium heat, fry the cabbage in the bacon grease until the cabbage is tender. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
If you are trying to introduce your kids to cabbage, this is a great recipe to start with. Like me, my kids didn’t like cabbage until they had it served this way. After being served this dish over the years, they no longer turn up their noses when they see cabbage, in fact, they even like sauerkraut, which is something that I still can’t get on board with.
Is there a vegetable that you absolutely won’t eat?
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