SIDE DISH: Braised Cabbage + Bacon = A Whole Bunch of Awesome

My new favourite vegetable: the humble cabbage. It’s a bit weird if you just eat it as is – but what if you slow braise it with a couple strips of bacon? Throw in a potato and what you have is mind-blowing, mouth-watering goodness. Read on, dudes and dudettes.

I also seem to have gotten into the habit of starting each post with a disclaimer these days. Despicable, yes, I know; and it usually goes something like this: I’m not a travel writer, I don’t travel very often, but here’s a travel tip anyway; or this isn’t a food blog, I’m not even a very good cook, but hey, here’s a recipe. I now realize it’s a defense mechanism against my gnawing self doubt. Qualify your opinion before someone else does, as they say.

Well, my father-in-law apparently hated this dish, but here’s the recipe anyway!

BRAISED CABBAGE, BACON, AND POTATOES

Braised cabbage, bacon, and potatoes!

Braised cabbage, bacon, and potatoes!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 cabbage
6 strips of bacon
1 large potato
2 cups of chicken broth
One of those glass baking trays
An oven

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOKING TIME: 2 hours
  1. Preheat the oven to 140°C (approximately 285°F)
  2. Cut the cabbage into 8 wedges.
  3. Spread the 6 strips of bacon evenly on the bottom of the baking tray.
  4. Place the 8 cabbage wedges into the tray on top of the bacon. Make sure each wedge is touching some bacon, try not to overlap the wedges.
  5. Skin the potato, and cut into round slices about 1 cm thick.
  6. Slot your potato slices between the wedges. If you don’t have space, use less potato.
  7. Pour in the chicken broth.
  8. Cover tightly with tin foil.
  9. Stick the tray into the oven and braise for 1 hour.
  10. Watch 1.5 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  11. Take the tray out of the oven, and flip the cabbage wedges over. It should be pretty moist and tender at this point. It’s okay if everything gets messed up in the process.
  12. Seal with tin foil and braise for another hour.
  13. Finish the TV show, surf some Wikipedia.
  14. Indulge in the best braised cabbage… ever.

So the story – we were having a nice family dinner at a Macanese restaurant the other day, and as I was about to bite into a nice boiled (not broiled) cod fish (what’s with Macanese cuisine and boiled food by the way?) my father-in-law mentioned – very non-chalantly – that “the cabbage we had last week kinda sucked.” At which point a grenade went off in my head – that was my all-time favourite cabbage recipe man!

He did make a valid point about the bacon being a little on the tough side after being at the bottom of a baking tray for 2 whole hours – but hey that’s the beauty of it: the bacon juices get absorbed by the cabbage and potatoes, resulting in a mouth-watering combination of flavours and textures.

Give it a try, and let me know who you agree with!

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10 comments

  1. OK, I have to go to Lunch now. I was trying to hold off for about another hour or two. This Cabbage Recipe, I think my stomach read it before I did…. LOL Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

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    1. Haha, me thinking about it is keeping me up….and it’s 2:15am in Hong Kong. I’ll have to get my cabbage fix sometime this week. Thanks for the comment Kenny!

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  2. Try boiled bacon and cabbage, practically a national Irish dish!

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    1. That’s the next cabbage thing I’m going to try! Will let you guys know how they compare. In the mean time try braising it too, gives it this really juicy, bacon-y flavour. Thanks for dropping by Sara!

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  3. I’m definitely going to try this :) Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thanks @jordbrovej. Let me know how it goes! Bacon just takes everything up a notch haha.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for dropping by too!

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  4. I like the sound of this! I think I’ll swap the bacon for diced or round pieces of chorizo and then bit of freshly boiled chicken. Lol it makes sense in my head!

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    1. Sounds like a plan! Let me know how it goes after you’ve given it a try – and thanks for the comment!

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