November 4, 2012

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

Tender Sauteed Cabbage is made even better ~ with bacon.

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

Today was an 'in the kitchen day' for me.  Yay!  I made sure to get everything else that needed to be done this weekend done yesterday so I could spend the afternoon today in the kitchen with no other worries hanging over me.  No guilt.  No pressure.  Just relaxed cookin' fun.

I love it when I'm able to get my schedule to cooperate like that.  As much as I love to cook, I absolutely do not enjoy it when it's done under time pressure.  Especially when I'm working on new recipes.

Which is what I was doing today.  Today I was test-driving some Thanksgiving dishes ... so Mark and I had a mini early Thanksgiving dinner tonight.  Those dishes need a few tweaks, so I don't have them ready to share with you today ... but I do have ...

... this really tasty Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon!

You know, cabbage is a vegetable that I tend to forget. 

Then I make it, and I say to myself, "Self, why don't you make cabbage more often?  You really should make it more often."

Then I look around to make sure no one sees me crazy-talking to myself.  Just kidding!  I don't really talk to myself.  Well, not out loud anyway. 

But I seriously should make cabbage more often ... 'cause I love it.  Especially when it's paired with bacon.  Doesn't bacon make everything better?  

And this sauteed cabbage is super easy.  All you have to do is shred (or thinly chop) a head of green cabbage ...

Chopping Cabbage

... and sautee it in a large frying pan with some bacon, salt, and pepper.  It's totally okay to heap your frying pan up with cabbage {like this} ...

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

... because it's going to totally cook down a lot.

When the cabbage is tender, give it a little shot of butter and serve it up.  So good!  Seriously, I am going to make this more often.

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon
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Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon
Source:  My Mom, who adapted from Cooking Light magazine
  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 5 slices turkey bacon (or regular bacon), chopped
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 T. butter (optional)
  1. Saute chopped bacon in a large frying pan over medium-high heat (if using regular bacon, drain all but about 1 tablespoon of the drippings).
  2. Add shredded cabbage to the pan and reduce heat to medium. Let cabbage cook down a bit, about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the 1/4 cup water to the pan, cover, and let cabbage continue to cook an additional 8-10 minutes until tender. Remove from heat and toss with butter until the butter is melted. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.

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  1. Ooooo, I love doing this and I forget. We love cabbage and I happen to have half a head in my fridge now....hmmmm....tonight for dinner!

    1. I forget, too. Cabbage ... the forgotten vegetable. :-) Let's forget no-more!

  2. I love cabbage but no on else in my family does. Love it but I only get to eat it when I go home to visit my family. Makes me wishing I had a plate of this sitting in front of me!

    1. Wish I could send you a plate full through the computer screen, Natalie!

  3. Yum, thanks for reminding me how yummy it is, I know what I'm doing with the half head in my frig!

  4. Oh, my simple but good. I will be making some sautéed cabbage soon. I love corned beef and cabbage too!

  5. Mmmmmm - we love cabbage and turkey bacon. will be trying this one soon.

  6. This looks wonderful. We love cooked cabbage. I need to do it more often!

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  7. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on through tomorrow night at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  8. I remember my Mother using bacon grease or fatback to cook her cabbage. This is good stuff!! Pinning it!!

  9. This is a great side dish! I like cooked cabbage, but don't make it enough.

  10. Yes! I have a bag of coleslaw veggies that needs a plan. This is it! So easy! Thanks for this idea!

  11. I have the exact same conversation with myself whenever I cook cabbage! I'm definitely going to try it with bacon next. Nice to meet you on The Weekend re-Treat party!

  12. Your Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon is a dish that we will really love! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!


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