Monday, March 28, 2016

Not Your Mother's Cabbage!

I've shared cooked cabbage here at the Cafe before, like this post about Hannah Yoder's favorite "rote kraut."

But this recipe is going to blow all of your preconceived notions about cooked cabbage out the window!

I'm calling this one "Sauteed Cabbage with Caramelized Onions."

(makes one serving - multiply the ingredients for more servings)

1 slice bacon (I used that Applewood Smoked Thick Sliced bacon that Ruthy and I both love so much!)

vegetarian option: substitute 1 Tablespoon butter for the bacon!

2 or 3 slices sweet white onion, cut in half

1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove garlic

2-4 cups thinly sliced cabbage

salt and pepper to taste

This recipe is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!

Cut the bacon into one-inch pieces and start browning them in your favorite pan. When the bacon is partially done and some bacon grease is beginning to accumulate in the pan, add the sliced onions.

Cook and stir for about 10 minutes, or until the onions have a nice, tasty brown sheen.

Add the cabbage and garlic. Keep cooking and stirring for another ten minutes or so.

See how the cabbage is taking on the delicious carmelizing from the onions? Yum!

Season with salt (I left it out) and pepper to taste, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

And now you have a side dish that you'll never forget.

No stinky boiled cabbage smell, I promise!!!

This is buttery, savory goodness. Melt in your mouth tastiness. And definitely NOT your mother's cabbage!

I served this dish with pulled pork BBQ sandwiches (no bun for me) and veggies. A nice, light meal for a spring evening.

But then, of course, the next day we had snow. Not as much as Colorado and southern Wyoming, but about four inches at our house. Two days later another storm rolled in and gave us an additional three inches. But hey! This is spring! The snow melts so fast we can hardly tell it's been there.

And meanwhile, we get some of that wonderful moisture we need so badly this time of year!

On top of that, there's nothing like a snowy day to get some writing - or snoozing - done.

What's been going on at your house? Did you miss last week's spring storm, or did you get the full brunt of it?


  1. HI Jan, Did you get the writing done or the snoozing? lol

    We had gorgeous weather here in the Arizona desert-cool at night and in the eighties during the day. I spent one day at the living desert museum watching all the animals.

    1. Hi Sandra!

      I did the writing while the animals did the snoozing. A win/win for all of us. :)

      Living desert museum? I think I need to put Arizona on my bucket list - especially Arizona in the winter!

  2. Love the snoozing by the fire pic! I was ready for a Thatcher fix. :-) we've been yo-yoing up her weather wise too. Snow and freezing temps middle of last week and then freezing rain and then snow and then freezing rain. Mother Nature's version of lasagna with all that layering. But yesterday it was 10 so things started to melt again. Still piles of snow but there's grass and mud peeking through in places. Yay! And rain today so that means more snow melting. Double Yay.

    I hate the smell of boiled cabbage so I'm excited to try this recipe because I do like cabbage. And appreciate the single serving recipe. Oh -- and I made your chocolate chip cookies last week. Turned out awesome! Less sugar, more oaty taste and I loved the way they kept their shape. Yum. New favourite recipe!

    1. We're having one of our spring days today - the ones that come between the snow storms. :) Sunny, warm, beautiful. The next storm is scheduled to roll in on Wednesday, and they're predicting a doozy. But they always do that when it's two days out. I only really pay attention to the details in the few hours before the storm hits.

      I'm glad you liked the cookies! I'd love to make them, but then I'd eat them. Yeah. I have no will power when it comes to cookies fresh out of the oven....

  3. This looks yummy!! It's how I like cabbage: with bacon. :)

    No storms here. Just a little rain. It's been warm!

    1. With rain and warmth, your flowers must be blooming! Don't you love spring?

    2. Jan, yes, everything is glorious right now! I love it. :)

  4. Jan, my husband loves cabbage, so this sounds like something he would really enjoy. Adding it to the list.

    Yes, we took a decent wallop from that same storm system, though it was in the form of severe thunderstorms. Hail, tornados, crazy winds... All par for the course this time of year. :)

    1. We did have two or three days of that dreariness. It was heavy fog yesterday and not a bit of sun for Easter.

    2. Here's hoping that this week's storm system bring gentle rain rather than severe weather! But our March is definitely going out like a lion!

  5. I've been thinking what "my mother's cabbage" was and I think it would have to be coleslaw. I don't really remember her making it any other way.

    You've got me craving cabbage, Jan. I guess there are worse things to crave, right?

  6. Oh, right, weather - hmmmmmm
    variable describes it best. We had rain this morning, but the sun came out and it was glorious. Now the winds have kicked up so it's still sunny, but the winds are howling!

    1. Ah, spring!

      And my mother never cooked cabbage either. She couldn't stand it!

  7. Oh, I think I would love this! I must try it, and I have everything here.... And like Cate, our Easter was glorious, perfect and marvelous... and now the wind is howling, freezing cold, driven rain/sleet and dark, heavy clouds racing across the sky. It's like "lake effect" rain, dark, low clouds pummeling us off of Lake Ontario. The Great Lakes sure do know how to put on a show!

    1. You know, I grew up 40 miles inland from Lake Michigan. I loved that lake effect weather...and what the lakes did for the fruit farms along the western shore. I didn't realize how spoiled I was until I moved away.

      Enjoy the show!

  8. I have a head of cabbage in the fridge. I'd eat this all by itself!!

  9. Interesting!! I'm not a cabbage fan but I'm learning to make friends with it because of the high vitamin content. I'll definitely try this!