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Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

There’s something undeniably comforting about Southern cuisine. From the deep-fried indulgences to the rich, soul-warming flavors, it’s a culinary journey that’s hard to resist. Among the many Southern classics, there’s a hidden gem that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves – Southern Fried Cabbage. This dish is a harmonious blend of ingredients that promises to soothe your soul and leave your taste buds begging for more.

Imagine tender cabbage, savory beef bacon, smoky Andouille sausage, and a medley of vegetables coming together in a skillet. The result is a mouthwatering experience that marries a touch of crispness with a world of bold, seasoned flavors. Today, we’re here to unveil the secret recipe for this beloved comfort food, so you can recreate it in your own kitchen.

Southern Fried Cabbage is a dish that embodies the heart and soul of Southern cooking. It’s a flavorful and satisfying medley of ingredients that come together to create a comforting experience. The dish features crispy beef bacon, hearty Andouille sausage, tender cabbage, and a harmonious blend of onions and bell peppers, all brought to life with the magic of Creole seasoning and a hint of garlic. The result is a hearty, smoky, and slightly spicy dish that warms you from the inside out. This dish is perfect for those looking to explore the rich flavors of Southern cuisine or for anyone seeking a keto-friendly, high-protein option.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cabbage (about 2 lbs.), chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 package beef bacon
  • 1 lb. smoked Andouille sausage, cut into half-inch rounds
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning (e.g., Sweet Smokie Joe’s Creole Kick)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons butter (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Begin by cutting the head of cabbage into quarters, then remove the core. Slice the cabbage into thin strips, roughly the size of coleslaw.
  • Heat a large pot or pan over medium heat. Add the beef bacon and cook it until it becomes crispy and renders its fat. Beef bacon typically cooks faster than pork bacon, so keep an eye on it.
  • Remove the crispy beef bacon from the pan and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess fat. Set it aside for later.
  • In the same pan, if desired, add 2 tablespoons of butter for extra flavor. You can omit this step if you prefer a leaner version.
  • Add the chopped onions, yellow bell pepper, and green bell pepper to the pan. Sauté them until they start to become tender and translucent, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the Andouille sausage rounds to the pan with the sautéed onions and bell peppers. Cook until the sausage is browned and has released its flavorful juices.
  • Season the mixture with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and Creole seasoning (like Creole Kick or your preferred blend).
  • Add the minced or pressed garlic to the pan and cook for about a minute until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped cabbage to the pan, stirring to combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover the pan with a lid to allow the cabbage to wilt and cook down. You may need to stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  • The cooking time depends on your desired cabbage texture. For a slightly crunchy cabbage, cook for 10-15 minutes. For a softer cabbage, cook for 20-30 minutes.
  • While the cabbage is cooking, crumble the beef bacon you cooked earlier.
  • Once the cabbage has reached your desired texture, remove the pan from heat and stir in the crumbled beef bacon.
  • Taste the Southern Fried Cabbage and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, or Creole seasoning if needed.
  • Serve your delicious Southern Fried Cabbage with Beef Bacon and Andouille Sausage as a side dish, and enjoy!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For a keto-friendly version, you can omit the butter and use a lean beef bacon.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your preference. If you like it spicier, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Experiment with different types of sausages to change the flavor profile of the dish.

Variations:

  • For a vegetarian version, omit the beef bacon and Andouille sausage, and use vegetable broth to add flavor.
  • Add a splash of apple cider vinegar for a tangy twist.

What to Serve it With:

  • Southern Fried Cabbage is a versatile side dish that pairs well with a range of main courses. It’s a great accompaniment to classic Southern dishes like fried chicken or catfish. You can also serve it alongside grilled meats, seafood, or as a filling for tacos or burritos.

Storage Tips:

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in a pan or microwave when you’re ready to enjoy it again.

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Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

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  1. Begin by cutting the head of cabbage into quarters, then remove the core. Slice the cabbage into thin strips, roughly the size of coleslaw.

  2. Heat a large pot or pan over medium heat. Add the beef bacon and cook it until it becomes crispy and renders its fat. Beef bacon typically cooks faster than pork bacon, so keep an eye on it.

  3. Remove the crispy beef bacon from the pan, and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess fat. Set it aside for later.

  4. In the same pan, if desired, add 2 tablespoons of butter for extra flavor. You can omit this step if you prefer a leaner version. Add the chopped onions, yellow bell pepper, and green bell pepper to the pan. Sauté them until they start to become tender and translucent, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the Andouille sausage rounds to the pan with the sautéed onions and bell peppers. Cook until the sausage is browned and has released its flavorful juices.

  6. Season the mixture with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and Creole seasoning (like Creole Kick or your preferred blend). Add the minced or pressed garlic to the pan and cook for about a minute until fragrant.

  7. Add the chopped cabbage to the pan, stirring to combine all the ingredients.

  8. Cover the pan with a lid to allow the cabbage to wilt and cook down. You may need to stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. The cooking time depends on your desired cabbage texture. For a slightly crunchy cabbage, cook for 10-15 minutes. For a softer cabbage, cook for 20-30 minutes.

  9. While the cabbage is cooking, crumble the beef bacon you cooked earlier. Once the cabbage has reached your desired texture, remove the pan from heat, and stir in the crumbled beef bacon.

  10. Taste the Southern Fried Cabbage and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, or Creole seasoning if needed. Serve your delicious Southern Fried Cabbage with Beef Bacon and Andouille Sausage as a side dish, and enjoy!

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