My dad's mother, my grandma, used to fix Corned Beef and Cabbage with cornbread for him when he was younger, one of his favorite meals. I took the recipe and changed it up a little and my dad, my family and friends love it. Hope your family and friends love it too. This recipe is a good stick to your ribs meal.
The cook time on this recipe is more of a long term simmer, over a long period of time.
Chop both heads of cabbage into bite size squares. On high heat, in large electric skillet or deep cast iron pot, melt butter (get it sizzling), then add cabbage, stir to coat cabbage with butter, add salt, pepper and sugar. Stir and mix seasonings in well.
Lower heat to Med/High, let the cabbage start to brown and some of it will even start getting a little burnt looking and that is ok, it adds to the flavor of the dish. Get as much of the cabbage started to fry and get translucent and brown.
Partially cover, turn down heat by half, almost to low, let simmer, stirring occasionally to reduce burning and sticking. I usually let the cabbage simmer and brown for an hour or so. I let as much of the water cook off of the cabbage as possible.
Taste test it to make sure you have just the right amount of **salt (I really do not us very much salt, since the Canned Corned Beef is pretty salty.), pepper and sugar. The taste should be more cabbage flavor than seasonings.
**The only reason I add some salt to the cabbage as it is cooking is the salt helps pull excess water out of the cabbage.**
Push all the cabbage out to the edges of the pan/pot and put the canned corned beef in the center. Break up the corned beef, cover and let heat and simmer for a few minutes. Mix cabbage and corned beef together and let slow simmer while you are mixing up the cornbread and baking it.
Once the cornbread is done it is dinner time. Enjoy!!