Since childhood, I’ve loved fried cabbage with crispy pieces of bacon and crusty Homemade White Cornbread. Although it’s a side dish, sometimes I make it a light meal. I feel joy with each and every bite!! Yes and amen.
Many years ago, I taught myself how to make this hearty side dish with bacon drippings (crumbs) and a small amount of bacon grease. Too much is not good in my opinion.
The cabbage is tender and full of flavor. Fried with a small amount of bacon grease.
The bacon is fried first and crumbled on top of the cooked cabbage before serving. This adds crunchy flavor!
Delighted to share my easy recipe with you. Enjoy!
Southern Fried Cabbage
Tender cabbage mixed with crispy fried bacon pieces. A delicious side dish that's easy to make. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Chop into bite-size pieces. Place in a colander or large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. Rinse thoroughly in warm water. Drain and set aside.
Over low-medium heat, fry bacon in a dutch oven or large heavy bottomed saucepan. Place crispy fried bacon on paper towels. Drain bacon grease into a heatproof container. Set aside. Do not scrape off delicious drippings stuck in bottom.
Turn heat off. Add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (or margarine) to hot pan. Stir until melted.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, salt to taste, ground black pepper, and 1-1/2 cups of water. Use a rubber spatula to stir mixture and to scrape drippings off bottom of pan.
Pour in chopped cabbage. Stir until evenly coated with liquid mixture. Simmer over low-medium heat for 10-12 minutes stirring constantly.
Taste a sample. For more tenderness, pour in remaining 1/2 cup of water. For more flavor, add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
Stir until well combined. Simmer on low-medium heat for 10 minutes or until desired tenderness. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.
Serve hot with crumbled pieces of crispy cooked bacon.