Ellen Bales Recipe


By Ellen Bales Starwriter

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Stove Top

Ellen's Story

This is the dish, as far as I can remember, that my mother used to make on New Year's Day for good luck in the coming year.
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1 large
cabbage head
4-5 lb
boneless smoked ham
8 large
potatoes, peeled and quartered
6 medium
carrots, cubed
1 c
chopped celery
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Put all ingredients into a large, uncovered Dutch oven or soup pot with enough water to cover halfway. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for at least two hours.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #cabbage, #ham, #good-luck

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Ellen Bales Starwriter
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:43 PM
No, it's best to cut the cabbage into 4 or even 8 wedges before cooking.
Plumb Tucker Plumb_Tucker
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:10 PM
Does the cabbage go in whole?
Cristíona Nic Giolla íosa Cristiona
Mar 11, 2015
Thank you Ellen.

That's a great help as i wasn't sure what would be best.
Ellen Bales Starwriter
Mar 11, 2015
Cristiona, cut the ham into medium sized chunks before cooking. Then you might want to keep an eye on it during cooking. If you like you can break it up more with a fork. Hope this helps.
Cristíona Nic Giolla íosa Cristiona
Mar 11, 2015
Thanks Ellen. I've been searching for this dish for so long. I remember my late mother making this dish for us when we were young. I'm looking forward to making it for St. Patrick's Day. I hope it turns out as nice as yours looks. Can i just ask. Does the Ham break up in the cooking process or do i need to remove it from the pot at some stage, cut it up and place it back into the pot towards the end of the cooking?