Thursday, March 8, 2012

Old Fashion Southern Fried Cabbage - Dairy & Gluten Free

Southern food is the food of my youth - the food I grew up gathering around the table to share with my family daily.  Now that I live in the wilds of Wyoming when I get homesick I crave Southern classics such as this fried cabbage only now made dairy & gluten free now.  This recipe is in fact the way to introduce cabbage to even the pickiest of eaters.  My vegetable avoiding, cabbage hating husband even likes cabbage cooked this way.

This recipe calls for bacon grease which is part of what makes it a truly Southern dish in my opinion.  When I cook bacon for breakfast or BLTs I always do it in my oven on a cookie sheet and then save the bacon grease in a container which I keep in the refrigerator.  While using bacon grease might not be the healthiest of choices it is the most flavorful :)

Old Fashion Southern Fried Cabbage

2 tbs bacon grease
1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium head cabbage, roughly chopped
2 tbs dairy free buttery spread
1/2 cup water
salt & pepper

In a large skillet with a tight fitting lid, heat the bacon grease over medium to medium high heat.
Add the onions and saute until just starting to brown.
Add the garlic, cabbage, buttery spread, water, salt & pepper.
Allow the buttery spread to melt and stir well.
Cover and reduce heat to medium.
Cook, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes.
Remove the lid and continue to cook, stirring frequently until the cabbage is well browned.


  1. This sounds great but I don't think my kids would eat it. I love your idea about saving the bacon grease. I always throw it out but I think I will start saving it.

  2. I love using bacon grease to add flavor to so many things :) Kids are hard to please when it comes to certain vegetables it seems!!

  3. I make my cabbage dishes similar like this tasty one! I agree, bacon grease is good to use in here & with cabbage & added garlic is a bonus!

  4. Sophie, glad to know that you are a bacon grease lover too :)


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