This ain’t ya mama’s cabbage. Sure it has that same smoky, soul food flavor. But without that soggy texture, devoid of all nutrients, that occurs when the delicate leaves are boiled for too long. This cabbage is crunchy…and yummy…and a little bit sweet…and a little bit spicy…and yummy.

Start by chopping up all the veggies. Slice the onions and peppers thinly. The cabbage should be chopped into relatively small pieces too.

2014-03-30 16.21.39-1Next, heat a pan and brown some bacon. I used applewood smoked bacon, but any bacon will do. Thicker cuts give the cabbage a nice texture. Cook the bacon slowly to draw out all the oil. 

2014-03-30 17.10.00When the bacon is fully cooked, remove it from the pan, leave the oil. Chop the bacon and set it aside.

2014-03-30 17.35.40Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bacon oil. Now add the cabbage, onions and peppers. Stir the veggies around to coat them with oil, then add salt, pepper, minced garlic and crushed red pepper. Return the chopped bacon to the pan. Saute the vegetables until they are tender, about 20 minutes. The cabbage will start to form a slight caramelization around the edges. This cabbage goes well with any slow cooked beef, like Braised Pot Roast, or Remix Roasted Chicken.

Sauteed Cabbage with Applewood Smoked Bacon
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  2. 1/3 of an onion, sliced thin
  3. 1/3 of a red bell pepper, sliced thin
  4. 1/3 of a green bell pepper, sliced thin
  5. 4 strips of bacon (6 for thinner cuts)
  6. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 2 teaspoons black pepper
  10. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop cabbage and slice onions and peppers into small pieces.
  2. Heat a pan and brown bacon. Cook bacon slowly to draw out all the oil.
  3. When bacon is fully cooked, remove from the pan, leaving the oil.
  4. Chop bacon and set aside.
  5. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to bacon oil.
  6. Add cabbage, onions and peppers.
  7. Stir the veggies around to coat them with oil, then add salt, pepper, minced garlic and crushed red pepper.
  8. Return chopped bacon to pan.
  9. Saute the vegetables until they are tender, about 20 minutes. The cabbage will start to form a slight caramelization around the edges.
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