Do you have an abundance of cabbage this year, but you do not need any sauerkraut?
Why not try my cabbage concoction? Cabbage needs to be sautéed before it can be frozen. Here is a delicious way to preserve your cabbage and make in advance a delicious, healthy entree to enjoy during the cold winter months.
Ingredients include: bacon, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, garlic, salt, and peppers.
8 pieces of bacon
2 small onions or 1 medium onion
1/2 large cabbage
1 large tomato
4 pieces of garlic, 4 teaspoons of minced garlic can be used if you do not have fresh garlic
2 peppers- bell or hot
1 teaspoon salt
The most time consuming part of this recipe is the chopping. Prepare all the ingredients for the concoction first. Chop 2 medium sized onions. I used red onions because that is what I had in the garden. I have also used Vidalia onions. Dice the garlic. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can use minced garlic. Shred the cabbage. We used half of a large head of cabbage. Dice one large tomato. Chop the hot peppers or even a green bell peppers; this ingredient is optional. As always I recommend letting the kids help!
Fry 8 pieces of bacon in the frying pan. Remove the bacon from the pan to a small cutting board. Put the onions into the hot bacon grease. If the bacon is lean, you can add up to 4 teaspoons of olive oil. Cook them stirring occasionally and cut up the bacon into small pieces while cooking the onions. When the onions are starting to turn brown, add the tomato and garlic. Stir it a couple times for about 15 seconds then add the cabbage and bacon. Do not forget the salt! After about three minutes add the peppers. Stirring requires caution at first. After the cabbage begins to cook down then it gets easier. Keep stirring until the cabbage is thoroughly cooked. If you grasp the mixture between a metal spatula and a pair of tongs, you can turn the mixture more easily.
Keep stirring the cabbage until all the cabbage is completely mixed. Put the lid on the pan and turn the heat to low. Let the cabbage cook for about twelve minutes on low heat. When the cabbage is thoroughly cooked, turn the heat off and let the mixture cool. When the mixture is cool, place the entire mixture in a freezer bag and freeze it.
In the winter simply remove the cabbage concoction from the freezer and let it thaw. Remove from bag and place in baking dish. Bake it at 325 degrees until warm about 40 minutes.