Introducing a dish that perfectly melds simplicity with rich flavors, Fried Cabbage with Bacon is a savory and comforting treat. This recipe turns basic ingredients like cabbage and bacon into a delectable meal, sure to tantalize your taste buds. The beautiful blend of caramelized onions, crisp bacon, and tender cabbage offers a delightful interplay of textures and flavors that will leave you longing for more.
My first delightful experience with this dish was at a family gathering in the countryside. Amidst laughter and shared stories, the inviting aroma of sizzling bacon mixed with sweet caramelized onions wafted through the air. The first bite was a revelation – the smoky bacon perfectly complementing the gentle crunch of the cabbage, creating a symphony of flavors that has since become a beloved staple in my family’s meals.
Recipe: Fried Cabbage and Bacon
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes for a spicy touch
2 tablespoons olive oil
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the chopped bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon, setting it aside, and keep the grease in the pan.
Add olive oil to the bacon grease and heat over medium. Sauté the onions and garlic until translucent and aromatic, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the sliced cabbage to the pan, mixing it with the onions and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage softens.
Season with paprika, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to coat the cabbage evenly with the spices.
Continue to cook the cabbage for another 5-7 minutes to your preferred tenderness. Adjust the cooking time based on whether you like it crisp or soft.
Add the cooked bacon back into the pan, stir to combine, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to blend the flavors.
Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish.