Casa M Cabbage
For as good as this dish tastes, it is incredibly simple. With really only two ingredients plus our seasonings (three if you use the poblano chiles like we do), this takes a 3 pound head of cabbage and makes a kitchen hero out of anyone yielding a delicious side dish with virtually no effort. The process is a mix of frying and steaming. We use the bacon fat to add flavor and keep the cabbage from sticking while steaming and the natural juices of the cabbage to produce steam during the cooking process. A bit of Casa M Spice Co® Chain Reaction® adds depth of flavor and a dash of salt while Pecking Order® adds black pepper and an earthy background from the turmeric.
Don't cut the cabbage up thin as when it reduces in the pot, it will turn to mush. When we do it, we cut the head of cabbage into quarters core it, then cut each quarter into 3 equal sections. What bacon you use is up to you, but our favorite is a smoked bacon that has some black pepper elements.
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For the Cabbage:
- 8 ounces bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 pounds cabbage, cut roughly
- 2 poblano chiles, stemmed, seeded, and cut rougly (optiona)
- 1/2 Tablespoon Casa M Spice Co® Chain Reaction®
- 1/2 Tablespoon Casa M Spice Co® Pecking Order®
Don't cut the cabbage up thin as when it reduces in the pot, it will turn to mush.- Mike Hernandez
LET’S GET COOKING
Add the bacon to a large thick bottomed pot over medium-high heat and brown it well. Toward the end of the browning phase here, add the poblano chile chunks if you're using them.
Add the cabbage and Casa M Spice Co® seasonings to the pot and stir to mix well and coat the cabbage with the seasonings and bacon grease.
Cover the pot and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Let it simmer for 2 hours giving it a good stir about every 30 minutes.
When you stir, you're looking for the lid to be hot and when you lift the lid, for steam to escape. If you don't see steam, you're not quite hot enough, so adjust the heat up a little.
If at any point the cabbage looks dry during the process, add a little water.
Taste the cabbage and adjust seasonings as needed. A little more Chain Reaction® adds a little salt. A little more Pecking Order® adds a little pepper.
Serve and watch how quickly it disappears.