Bacon Fried Cabbage – Bacon Fried Cabbage is a side dish that brings together the smoky taste of bacon with the subtle sweetness of cabbage. This simple and delicious dish is perfect, for weeknight dinners or as an addition to your holiday feast. Featuring crispy bacon and tender crisp cabbage cooked in a blend of spices it’s a tasty accompaniment that pairs well with various main courses.
The first time I prepared Bacon Fried Cabbage, my kitchen was filled with the mouthwatering aroma of sizzling bacon and I instantly knew I was in for a treat. My husband, who absolutely adores bacon couldn’t resist sneaking a piece from the pan. As the cabbage cooked down, it soaked up all the flavors resulting in an exquisite combination of tastes and textures that left us wanting more. Even my kids, who typically aren’t fans of cabbage asked for seconds. It quickly became an instant family favorite. I’m confident it will be a hit at your table too.
What makes this Bacon Fried Cabbage truly delightful?
Bacon Fried Cabbage isn’t your average side dish featuring cabbage. It’s bursting, with bacon goodness beautifully balanced by nature’s sweet cabbage essence. The addition of oregano and smoked paprika adds a twist that takes this dish to levels of deliciousness. Moreover, this recipe requires less time and effort which makes it an ideal option, for busy weeknight meals or as a delightful accompaniment, during social gatherings.
What You Need To Make This Bacon Fried Cabbage Recipe?
Bacon: You have the option to choose either thick-cut bacon based on your preference. If you go for thick-cut bacon it will provide substantial pieces in the dish while regular bacon offers a well-balanced texture.
Cabbage: For this recipe, it’s recommended to use a medium head of green cabbage. However, you can also experiment with cabbage varieties, like Savoy or Napa for different flavors and textures.
Seasoning: Feel free to adjust the seasonings such as salt, pepper, and smoked paprika according to your taste preferences. If you prefer a milder smoky flavor sweet paprika can be used instead of smoked paprika.
Garnish: While chopped onions make a fantastic garnish choice you can also get creative with additional toppings. Consider adding chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese, or even a drizzle of hot sauce, for extra flavor and presentation.
Steps To Make Bacon Fried Cabbage:
Step 1: Let’s kick off this adventure by heating up a cast iron skillet or a deep nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Get ready, for the sizzle!
Step 2: Place those bacon pieces into the pan. Let them sizzle away until they turn crispy. That amazing symphony of sizzling bacon? It’s like your dinner singing to you. If needed cook the bacon in batches.
Step 3: Once your bacon is perfectly dressed and crispy set it aside on a plate. Hold on to that grease in the pan; keep around 2 to 3 tablespoons for some real magic of flavors.
Step 4: Add your sliced onion into the pan. Let them sizzle and soften for about 2 to 3 minutes. You’ll be greeted by an aroma that will tantalize your senses!
Step 5: Now get ready for the star of our show; chopped cabbage. Add it to the pan along with a teaspoon of salt, a sprinkle of pepper, some dried oregano and smoked paprika. Give everything a mix. We’re on our way, to Flavor Town!
Step 6: Cook the cabbage until it becomes tender but still retains some crispness, which should take 15 minutes. Taste as you go and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
Step 7: If you like your cabbage to have a texture you can cover the pan and let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Step 8: Oh. Don’t forget about the garlic! Add those chopped cloves. Mix them in with the cabbage and bacon medley. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until the aroma of the garlic fills the air adding to the deliciousness of this dish.
Step 9: And now it’s time, for the finale; serve up that sizzling masterpiece. For a touch of freshness sprinkle some chopped green onions on top. Sit back savor every bite and enjoy how your taste buds applaud this creation!
Looking to enhance the flavor? How about adding a dash of apple cider vinegar or a pinch of red pepper flakes towards the end of cooking? The vinegar adds a tang while the red pepper flakes provide a touch of heat. It’s, like having an ingredient that elevates your Bacon Fried Cabbage to levels of deliciousness!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use turkey bacon or a meatless alternative for this recipe?
Sure! You have the choice to use turkey bacon or a meatless resort for this recipe. It’s a way to make the vegetarian or lessen its calorie content. Just remember to adjust the cooking time since turkey bacon may cook faster.
How can I store leftovers?
If you have any leftovers it’s soundest to stow them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for 3 to 4 days. When you’re ready to reheat using a skillet or oven will help bring that crispy texture.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time for a party or gathering?
Absolutely! This recipe can absolutely be prepared in advance for a party or assemblage. Simply follow the instructions. Fry the cabbage and bacon as directed. Then when it’s time to serve gently reheat them either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
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