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Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Garlic, and Chile

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, Garlic, and Chiles

Yum! I still have lots of extra cabbage from St. Patrick’s Day sales. It keeps pretty well. I love cabbage, and this recipe takes it into a whole other dimension. I could eat a tub of this. It’s just got a nice balance of spices, onion, and garlic and that touch of heat and special flavor of the green chiles.

I made it in a big wok, works great. You might want to increase the amount of bacon and maybe add something like sausage to turn it into a one-dish meal.

I hope you like this! This dish has inspired me to experiment a bit more with cabbage … so watch out. Cabbage rolls are probably next!

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Garlic, and Chile
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 3-4 slices bacon
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 9 cups sliced cabbage (about ½ large head)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ cup diced mild green chile
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • several dashes paprika
  • paprika for garnish
  1. Fry bacon in very large wok or stockpot over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon and place on a plate, leaving the bacon fat in the pot.
  2. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes
  3. Add garlic and cook until onion caramelizes, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Stir in cabbage and cook over medium heat, stirring periodically until cabbage cooks down into a soft but not soggy state, about 10-15 more minutes.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and paprika and stir in well.
  6. Add chiles and balsamic vinegar, crumble the bacon and add, then stir and cook about another 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and sprinkle paprika on top for garnsh.


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