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Red Cabbage With Bacon

If you’ve braised, marinated or served red cabbage raw, try it steamed, then toss with bacon and a tangy sauce. We serve it with pork or chicken. This is how to cook cabbage with bacon. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 medium head red cabbage (about 2 pounds), shredded
  • 8 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 small onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, place steamer basket over 1 in. of water. Place cabbage in basket. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; steam, covered, just until tender, 6-8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons in pan.
  • Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 4-6 minutes. Stir in flour and brown sugar until blended. Gradually stir in water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in cabbage, bacon, salt and pepper.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • I always fry 2 lbs. or more of bacon at a time, drain the slices well, then freeze them. The slices don’t stick together, so it’s easy to remove a few from the bag for a sandwich or to crumble for a recipe. —Shirley M. Goldsboro, NC
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  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 188 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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