It's so much fun to discover 'something' in a bunch of 'nothing,' isn't it? Like, those people you see on tv who've bought a beat up old picture at a garage sale - only to find some priceless masterpiece hidden beneath it. Of course, stuff like that never happens to ME, so I have to create my own little "tadaaa" moments for myself. I still find it amusing, but then, I'm easily amused. Just ask my husband and my kids.
Anywho, our story today starts with a gift. You like it already? My sweet Canadian-Chinese(-French?) neighbor went to the Irish-Italian parade (yes, they indeed NEVER end) and brought me back 5 heads of cabbage. Now, despite the fact that giving cabbage to an Irishwoman is a little like bringing sand to the beach, I was thrilled.
SMOTHERED CABBAGE IN BACON FAT
5 heads of cabbage
1 sliced onion
1 lb of bacon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp of your favorite seasoning blend
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
water - as needed
Core, slice and wash your cabbage and allow it to drain. Meanwhile, in a large, deep pan, fry your bacon to crisp (yeah, baby), reserving all the gorgeous fat in the bottom of the pan. Save the bacon for later (unless you live at my house, then HIDE IT IMMEDIATELY or it will disappear). Add the olive oil to the bacon fat over medium heat. Now add the onion and stir a bit. Let the onion wilt. Now add the cabbage. You may have to do this in steps. Trust me, a mountain of cabbage cooks down to less than half its original bulk. Now, you'll want to let this cook, covered, to start it wilting. Check every 10-15 minutes and 'turn' the whole thing carefully - with two utensils - like tossing a salad. This process will take a while but it's worth it! This ain't fast food, y'all!
I served mine with lovely grilled pork and sweet potato fries that I flash-fried in some more bacon fat till they were crispy brown on the outside. YOWZA! That sweet and spicy cabbage with that salty pork and starchy sweet potatoes...light the candles and dust off that Donna Summer album. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't strike a match....just sayin'.
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