For the past 20 years, I've cooked 99.9% of all the dinners served in this family. I have tried countless recipes in those 20 years. However, there is only one dish I have been banned from ever serving again. Cabbage stew. I made it once over 15 years ago, but it haunts me to this day.
Like it was my fault the recipe was horrible! I hated it as much as everyone else, but we were so dirt poor at the time that we didn't dare throw it away. Instead, we suffered through it for about 5 days until we couldn't take it any longer.
Before you turn up your nose and tell me you don't like cooked cabbage, I will ask you, have you ever fried it up in bacon drippings? No....? Then don't tell me you don't like cooked cabbage. It is awesome!
Bacon Fried Cabbage
(recipe adapted from allrecipes.com)
6-7 slices of bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head cabbage, cored and sliced 1/4" slices
1 Tb + 1tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1. In a large pot with a lid, cook the bacon on medium high until well done and crisp, about 6-7 minutes. Remove the cooked bacon from the pan and set aside. In the bacon drippings, add the onion and garlic. Saute for 5-6 minutes until they are beginning to brown.
2. Add all of the cabbage and cook for 6 minutes. As it cooks, use your wooden spoon to scrape off the brown bits off the bottom of your pan so you get all that flavor into your cabbage. Add all of the seasonings and mix well into the cabbage. Set the heat to low, cover and cook for 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cooking time will depend on how you like your cooked cabbage. If you like it a soft, then use the whole 25 minutes. If not, start checking it at 15 minutes. Serve with the cooked bacon sprinkled on top.