Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onions and Garlic

*Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onions and Garlic*
Serves 4

Borrowed from a blog called CakesCottage.  Quick and easy and delicious.  I added a bit of something myself and I think my additions were fabulous, so do see the note at the bottom of the rcipe.

6 rashers of streaky bacon
1 large brown onion, peeled and diced
2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 medium head of white cabbage, trimmed, cored and sliced
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
The following to taste:
salt, black pepper, onion and garlic powder, paprika
a knob of butter (optional)

Heat a skillet and then cook the bacon rashers over medium heat until just crisp. remove and set aside on paper kitchen towelling to drain. Crumble and keep warm.

Add the onion to the bacon drippings. (Over here our bacon is very lean so there wasn't many. If you find that is the case, add a small splash of olive or rapeseed oil.)  Cook, stirring to soften. when it begins to caramelize somewhat add the garlic.  Cook and stir until fragrant.  Add the cabbage.  Cook, tossing and stirring, until the cabbage begins to soften.  Season to taste with the seasonings.  Add 60ml (1/4 cup) of water and cover. Cook and steam over low heat until the cabbage has softened. Stir in the bacon crumbles.  Taste and adjust seasoning as required. If desired stir in a nob of butter. Serve hot.

What I did:
The cabbage was very good on its own and my husband enjoyed.  Once I had served him his (as a side dish) I added a splash of dark soy sauce, a splash of mirin, about 1 TBS of hoisin sauce and a pack of Udon noodles, and tossed all together, heating it all through.  It was fabulous.


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