Beer & Bacon Braised Cabbage | Homemade for Elle

Beer & Bacon Braised Cabbage

 I don’t even remember when I first tried this recipe.  It is so simple, with only three ingredients, but it packs enormous flavor into each bite.  Even if you don’t like cabbage, you’re going to like this.  Even if you don’t like beer, I think you’ll find this tasty.  Even if you don’t like bacon… then that makes me feel a little sad.  Bacon is delicious. 

This is a great side dish to pair with a good steak, or a lightly breaded chicken filet.  It also can stand alone as a hearty lunch option.  And, if I’m honest, I’ve even had it for breakfast (the beer does cook off, after all).  It’s amazing.  It’s one of my top 10 favorite dishes. 

Did I mention it’s so simple?  

Okay, here is the recipe.  Make it this week.  Make it for people you love.  Make it for yourself. 

bacon and beer cabbage

Beer & Bacon Braised Cabbage

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 3 pieces of bacon
  • 12 ounces of beer (your choice)
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Take cabbage and slice into thin strips, an inch or two long.  

In a large pot, cook bacon until crispy.  Remove, and set aside.   Leave the bacon grease in the pan, and reduce heat to medium.  Add in shredded cabbage, and cook, stirring frequently, until starting to brown.  If you don’t have enough grease, you can add a little butter (may as well at this point, right?).

Once the cabbage is starting to brown and wilt a little (about 5 – 10 minutes), pour in 12 ounces of beer, reduce heat to medium low, and cover.  Allow to simmer about 30 minutes, or until the beer has almost completely cooked down.  Season with salt and pepper, crumble in cooked bacon and dish up to your hungry guests.  

Or keep it all for yourself.  I won’t judge. 

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