It seems to me that cabbage doesn’t always receive the respect it deserves. In a way, it’s kind of a misunderstood vegetable. Cabbage, to be enjoyed to its fullest potential, needs to be co-mingled with other ingredients. (Just like some people live happier lives surrounded by the people they love, cabbage isn’t quite complete without its buddies either.)  So when I was thinking about different ways to prepare this lovely member of the family Crucifers, my mind naturally turned to the best way I know to get people (including children) to happily eat cabbage. Just like two people who are absolutely meant for each other, like Mr. C. and me for example, there are ingredients that fall into the same category. The marriage of bacon and cabbage is a fine example of another perfect pairing. (Of course with bacon and cabbage you need to add a little salt and pepper, whereas with Mr. C. and me it comes naturally given our ages! Sigh.) On that happy note, and without further ado, I offer you this ever so easy and delicious cabbage recipe.

  • 6 slices lean bacon, chopped (I really like to use pepper bacon)
  • 1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

In a large frying pan, fry bacon until very crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Drain off all but about 1 tablespoon of the grease, being careful not to remove the little crispy bits. Add sliced cabbage and stir fry for about 4-5 minutes or until cabbage is crisp tender. Add the cooked bacon and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot. Note: Fried Cabbage with Bacon is fabulous food to prepare when camping. Bacon lasts very well in a cooler and cabbage lasts for days without refrigeration.