Cabbage, leeks, and bacon go together beautifully, and the dish is an excellent accompaniment for ham, roast beef, or corned beef. This cabbage dish is easy to prepare, has just a few ingredients, and it cooks very quickly. It is a great dish to serve on St. Patrick's Day!
Season this easy and delicious cabbage dish with a little salt and pepper, then serve with cider vinegar for drizzling.
- 2 large leeks
- 8 to 10 thick slices bacon (diced)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium head cabbage (chopped)
- 3/4 cup chicken broth or water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garnish: cider vinegar
- Cut the green part and root off of the leek, leaving just the white part. Cut in half lengthwise, then rinse well to clean out any dirt and grit. Slice thinly and set aside.
- In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring, until almost crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain, leaving a few teaspoons of bacon grease behind.
- Add the butter to the pan. Add the leeks and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and the broth or water.
- Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the bacon, toss, cover, and continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until cabbage is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve drizzled with cider vinegar or pass the vinegar at the table.
More Delicious Cabbage Dishes
Although it may seem cabbage is limited to corned beef and coleslaw, there are actually several ways to cook it. The most simple is boiled cabbage, which is comfort food—perfect with roast meat, ham, corned beef, or sausages. Add some caraway seeds to this dish and serve with cider vinegar. Slow cooker cabbage and tomatoes teams cabbage with stewed tomatoes, condensed tomato soup, and chopped onion for a delicious and fuss-free slow cooker side dish. Or try tangy braised cabbage, flavored with apple, onion, and a little vinegar and apricot preserves. It's a slightly sweet and tangy cabbage dish and goes well with sliced ham or sausages.
If you're looking for something rich and creamy, this wonderful casserole is a great way to enjoy cabbage! The sauce for this cabbage gratin is made with cheese, a little spicy mustard, garlic, and other seasonings, then the casserole is sprinkled with a buttery breadcrumb topping and baked until golden brown.
Have you ever heard of Colcannon? This delicious cabbage and potato dish is a combination of mashed potatoes, cooked cabbage, and optional green onions. This is a great dish for St. Patrick's day, or enjoy it as a side dish to ham, roast beef, corned beef, or sausages. It's easy to prepare and wonderful any time of the year.