Bea's Baked Cabbage

Bea L.

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@BeachChic

We love cabbage here at this household. My friend, Rudy, had the best cabbage I had ever tasted and she said that she baked hers in the oven rather than boiling it on top of the stove. So this is more like directions rather than a recipe.

My friend, Rudy, is origanially from LaGrange, Georgia. She met an NC guy and they moved to Raleigh when they married. I wasn't married yet when she & I met at our first public jobs. We clicked from the get-go and I actually learned how to cook from her. We remain friends today. Maybe I'll share the blue ribbon with her even though I changed to a different way of cooking them.

I have listed three optional ingredients, which I use sometimes but not every time.


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Method:

Bake

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Paprika and red pepper were our seasonings of choice! This cooking technique made for perfectly done cabbage... that would be great with a few cubed red potatoes thrown in too!

Ingredients

1
head of cabbage
1 or 2
pats of butter
olive oil
salt & pepper
water
sprinkle of sugar (optional)
paprika (optional)
crushed or ground red pepper (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 to 375, depending on how hot of oven you have. Spray roaster pan or deep casserole dish on sides and bottom.
2
Cut cabbage into strips and place them into the pan or dish. Pour olive oil over cabbage (you be the judge of the amount). Put a pat of butter or two on top then salt & pepper to your liking. Put just enough water to basically cover the bottom...no more than a fourth way up.
3
Cover and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove lid and continue to bake until water has evaporated. Stir occasionally.
4
I bake mine until it's real tender and has started to brown only because that's the way that I like it. My total time of baking is probably 1 hour & 15 minutes. You can bake it to the tenderness that you prefer.
5
NOTE: Rudy doesn't use olive oil. She uses only butter...probably 1 to 2 sticks! Nor does she use paprika or red pepper. Yeah, she's worse than I am...LOL!!!!!
6
*You don't have as much aftertaste as you do when it's boiled. You also don't have that "green fly" that seems to come around when cooking cabbage.
7
**I added potatoes on top as Janet suggested and it was wonderful! I'll make them like that again. Thanks for the suggestion, Janet!:D
8
6/17/14: Since it was 99 degrees today and I had fresh cabbage that needed cooking I decided to experiment to see how it would be done in a crockpot. It is very good and push comes to shove I would do this again. Ideally, it would be great to use the crockpot on the patio or deck because I found that it has a much stronger smell this way than baking it in the oven. Go figure. It took 4 1/2 hours on high for one head of cabbage.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Wheat Free
Collection: Member's Choice
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Recipe For: The Best Cabbage
Hashtag: #cabbage