Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic

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Seasonality makes cabbage an extremely affordable vegetable, but if you are an avid cabbage grower, you also understand how many you can have on hand at the end of the summer. Of course, this means that you require an abundance of easy cabbage recipes to use up your crop. This fried cabbage, bacon, onion, and garlic recipe will quickly become a favorite because it coaxes out the perfect sweetness of the cabbage, while combining it with several savory additions, like smoky bacon and spicy garlic. Although this one-pot cabbage recipe uses a head of green cabbage, feel free to use whatever kind you like the best, whether it is red, white, or Savoy. Each one will lend a distinct appearance to this easy cabbage recipe, but will be no less delicious.

Cabbage comes from the Brassica family, which also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Cabbage has long been a part of European cuisines and as such, North American food as well, but its origins are challenging to trace. It is most likely that cabbages started wild, but were not domesticated until 1000 BC. Today cabbage recipes can be found all over the world, including fermented varieties like sauerkraut and kimchi, as well as stewed types like cabbage rolls or the Polish hunter’s stew recipe. The nutrition value of cabbage has meant it has been a crucial food choice for many cultures around the world. German, Dutch, and Scandinavian sailors have been known to use cabbage as a preventative of scurvy since the vegetables contain plenty of vitamin C. In fact, the cabbage has been so beloved to German culture that German gardeners developed the Savoy cabbage. Other cabbage nutrients include very high levels of vitamin B6, manganese, and dietary fiber, as well as high amounts of potassium, phosphorus, thiamine, and iron. Since cabbage is such a valuable source of many vitamins and minerals, it is worthwhile making this cabbage and bacon recipe.

This stewed cabbage recipe is very fast to make and would be an excellent side dish with roast chicken, duck, or sausages. It involves cooking the bacon until crispy and then caramelizing the onions with garlic. Caramelized onion recipes are usually a long drawn out process, but this step takes only ten minutes due to the higher heat. Finally, the seasonings and sliced cabbage are added to stew for a half hour or so until tender. If you know of any picky eaters, they may even learn to enjoy cabbage through this bacon cabbage recipe, which is full of smoky bacon, onions, and garlic. This dish will work exceptionally well as a side dish, or if you prefer, you could add a small amount of cider vinegar for a tart and tangy flavor and have it as a replacement to sauerkraut on a sausage and bun. Either way, you choose to enjoy this dish, it is sure to be a hit. Thank you to the ‘Just Paleo Food’ website for sharing their delicious fried cabbage with bacon, onion, and garlic recipe with us.**

Nutrition Facts for: Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic from Just Paleo Food
Ingredients: Bacon, onion, garlic, head cabbage, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 194, Calories from Fat 108, Total Fat 12.0g 18%, Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%, Cholesterol 31mg 10%, Sodium 871mg 36%, Potassium 400mg 11%, Carbohydrates 9.8g 3%, Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%, Sugars 4.7g, Protein 12.4, Vitamin C 75%, Calcium 6%, Iron 6%

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