Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Balsamic Red Cabbage with Bacon

Cabbage isn’t really the most desirable side dish, unless it is loaded with mayonnaise in a coleslaw. It certainly is not the first choice for my husband when it comes to a veggie side either. But, when I found red cabbage at the market (that was more vibrant in color than the rainbow), I figured I would try something with it.

Balsamic Red Cabbage with Bacon | www.kettlercuisine.com

Usually the first thing Ryan says to me after greeting me with a hug and kiss is "What's for dinner?" When I mentioned red cabbage, I got a pouty look. He had no idea what was coming because I figured out the secret to getting him to eat it, let alone any vegetable.....BACON! Bacon is a wonderful and powerful food when it comes to getting your husband (or kids) to eat vegetables.

Balsamic Red Cabbage with Bacon | www.kettlercuisine.com

Adding a bit of balsamic vinegar made this dish a perfect side for any meat, seafood or stand alone. You can also add toasted hazelnuts for an extra crunch and/or goat cheese crumbles for a bit of tanginess. Let's just say, it is husband approved!!

Balsamic Red Cabbage with Bacon | www.kettlercuisine.com

(I promise that not all of my recipes and posts will include meat. I actually don't eat a lot of meat, but this one was too good to pass up! I will be posting vegetarian recipes in the next few weeks.)

Balsamic Red Cabbage with Bacon

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Whole red cabbage, sliced
6 slices of bacon
Salt and Pepper
1 T Balsamic Vinegar
Optional ingredients: chopped toasted hazelnuts, goat cheese or chevre.

In a large saute pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until rendered and slightly crispy. While the bacon is cooking, quarter the cabbage and cut out the core. Then slice the quarters into small pieces. Once the bacon is done, remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Put the sliced cabbage into the pan, sprinkle salt and pepper on top and mix around to coat the pieces of cabbage in the bacon fat. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes (or until desired doneness - I like it less cooked), stirring 3-4 times. After cooking, *add in bacon and balsamic vinegar and stir to incorporate. Serve immediately or cover until ready to serve.

*Additional ingredients can be toasted chopped hazelnuts or goat cheese, which should be added after cooking and before serving. 

What are some of your favorite recipes with bacon??

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