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side essentials: bacon fried cabbage

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Fried up a batch of this last night, and served it with spicy garlic chicken, topped with duxelles (I will post those recipes later). At the time, it seemed like a strange combination of ingredients, but I was in a mad scientist/chef kind of mood. So, I ploughed bravely forward. The good news is that everyone enjoyed dinner. The bad news is that there were no leftovers. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 3 - 4
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For side essentials: bacon fried cabbage

  • 3 slice
    bacon, diced
  • 1/2 md
    yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 md
    cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt, fine grind, or to taste
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    coconut sugar
  • 1 pinch
    baking soda

How To Make side essentials: bacon fried cabbage

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    You will need a large skillet or sauté pan to make this recipe.
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    What about the sugar and baking soda? The sugar adds a bit of sweet to the cabbage, and the baking soda cuts the acid and reduces some of the gas that cabbage can produce… but just a pinch.
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    If you are using really, really lean bacon, you might need to add a bit of oil or butter to the pan. I would recommend a tablespoon of unsalted butter.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Add the bacon to a skillet over medium heat.
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    While the bacon is slowly crisping, slice up the cabbage and onions, and mince the garlic. Work, Work, Work...
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    Allow the bacon to slowly render its grease, about 7 – 10 minutes.
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    When nice and crispy, remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and reserve.
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    It is not necessary to drain it on paper towels.
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    Add the thinly sliced onions to the bacon grease and keep the heat at medium.
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    Stir the onions until they begin to soften and turn translucent, about 3 – 4 minutes. Then add the garlic and stir for about 60 seconds.
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    Toss in the cabbage, along with the salt and pepper.
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    Using a pair of tongs (if you have some), toss the ingredients together, as the cabbage wilts, about 5 – 7 minutes.
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    If you are using the optional ingredients, add them in as you are tossing the cabbage.
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    Do a final tasting for proper seasoning.
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  • So yummy
    Add in the bacon and serve while nice and warm. I usually, plate the cabbage and sprinkle some bacon on top, or you could mix it in with the warm cabbage. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.