Bea's Baked Cabbage
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.
- head of cabbage
- 1 or 2
- pats of butter
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- sprinkle of sugar (optional)
- paprika (optional)
- crushed or ground red pepper (optional)
How to Make Bea's Baked Cabbage
- 1Preheat oven to 350 to 375, depending on how hot of oven you have. Spray roaster pan or deep casserole dish on sides and bottom.
- 2Cut 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.
- 3Cover and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove lid and continue to bake until water has evaporated. Stir occasionally.
- 4I 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.
- 5NOTE: 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
- 86/17/14: 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.