Boiled Cabbage With Bacon Recipe

Boiled Cabbage With Bacon
Boiled Cabbage With Bacon. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
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This easy cabbage recipe is an excellent choice for a Sunday dinner side dish, New Year's Day, or an everyday family meal. It needs no special prep; just dice and cook the bacon, chop the cabbage, and then simmer for about 20 minutes in water or broth. 

It's a simple combination of ingredients but packs loads of flavor. Serve this great-tasting side dish with ham, a pork roast, chicken, or roast beef.

What You'll Need

  • 4 to 6 thick slices bacon, diced, about 6 to 8 ounces
  • 1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium head of cabbage
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth or water, as needed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a large Dutch oven or deep saute pan, cook the diced bacon until cooked through but not crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon pieces to paper towels to drain; set aside. Leave about 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the pot.
  2. Add the chopped onion to the bacon drippings and cook, stirring, over medium heat until tender and lightly browned. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Coarsely chop the cabbage. Add the chopped cabbage to the browned onions and add 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
  1. Cover the pot tightly and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add more broth or water, if needed, and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until the cabbage is tender. Add the bacon pieces and stir. Heat through.

Tips and Variations

Vegetarian Version - Replace the bacon with vegetarian bacon or omit the bacon and saute the onion in vegetable oil. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Replace the bacon with turkey bacon.

Instead of using bacon, saute the onion in 2 tablespoons of butter and then add diced leftover ham to the cabbage about 10 minutes before the dish is done.