When sauteed cabbage is done correctly, there is just something special about the dish that makes you feel good when you eat it. This sauteed cabbage recipe has flavors that are really developed with lightly caramelized onions, smoky bacon, sweet apples and a lot of love.
This sauteed cabbage recipe is: Gluten Free, Paleo, Low Carb and incredibly delicious.
Sassy Sauteed Cabbage Side Dish
That’s right. This sauteed cabbage has some sass and I absolutely love it. The cool part of this side dish is all the luscious layers of flavor and texture that are just tweaked a tiny bit by the punk of the apple cider vinegar. The vinegar simply pulls the flavors together, brightening and making your mouth so happy to be eating that particular bite that it can’t wait for the next. It’s just a sassy side dish. Pair this sauteed cabbage with a thick cut pork chop and you’ll be in for a real treat.
QUICK COOKING TIP: We are going to be sauting the cabbage twice in this recipe (just for good measure and tons of flavor). The initial saute will wilt and lightly brown the cabbage. This will help to develop flavor while the cabbage is softening during the braise. At the end, we’ll saute it again to get some really flavorful bites.
Let’s take a look at this sauteed cabbage recipe a little more closely.
SAUTEED CABBAGE SIDE DISH WITH BACON & APPLES
- 3 Strips Bacon
- 1/2 Onion (Spanish) sliced thin. Approx 1 cup
- 1/ Cup Shallot sliced thin
- 2 TBSP Garlic sliced thin. Approx 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/2 Head Head Cabbage cored & shaved thin
- 1 Cup Beef Stock
- 2 TSP Kosher Salt
- 1 Golden Delicious Apple peeled & cored. Diced
- 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar Braggs brand preferred
- Heat a large, heavy bottom saute pan over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Reserve the fat in the pan and remove the bacon.
- Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook for 3 minutes and then add in the shallot. Cook another 3 minutes, stirring. Add in the cabbage and 2 TSP salt. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly so the garlic does not burn.
- Add in the beef stock, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 35 minutes.
- Remove the cover and add in the apples and cider vinegar. Stir to incorporate. Cover and cook another 10-12 minutes, or until the apples have started to soften.
- Remove the lid and turn the heat to high. When the liquid has evaporated, turn the heat to medium-high and saute the cabbage, stirring frequently.
- Serve hot and happy eating!
Final thoughts on the sauteed cabbage with bacon and apples recipe:
Oh man. I love cooked cabbage in general, but this is really delicious. I’ve made this in the past with more bacon, but I found that the subtle flavors of the apple, onion and garlic get completely masked. The trick is getting the balance correct in every dish, not make them all taste like bacon bombs. If your bacon tastes really smoky, you might want to think about adding in half, tasting and then adding in more if you think it needs it.
I think that sauteed cabbage pairs best with a thick cut, pan seared or grilled pork chop. The apple, onion and cabbage combination just want to be eaten together. Tomorrow (Feb 23) I’ll be posting up the delicious pork chop recipe that you see in the pictures! In the meantime, if you’re on Pinterest, please free to pin this recipe!
Thanks for reading and I hope you like what you’ve seen.