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| RECIPES

Fresh Cabbage
Skillet

Head of the Class

Steamed, stir-fried, boiled or baked, cabbage offers versatility

by Heather Berry | hberry@ruralmissouri.coop

C

abbage is a vegetable that often gets a bad rap. One of the biggest
complaints people seem to have is "it smells up the house when I cook
it," which may simply be an excuse not to eat the hearty, leafy orb.
The next time you boil some cabbage, add a couple tablespoons of
white vinegar (or lemon juice if you're out of vinegar) and that will help quite a
bit. Many people even claim they don't like cabbage, but they've usually eaten it
without really thinking about it - in coleslaw.
So raw or cooked, cabbage deserves another chance at the table. Give these
hearty recipes a try. And when you're trying a recipe, feel free to edit the flavors
to your tastes. Sometimes adding a different spice or combining Grandma's
timeless recipe with a new one creates a new family favorite for years to come.

Fresh Cabbage Skillet
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 tablespoons bacon drippings
4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced (or diced small, if you prefer)
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 head cabbage, shredded or chopped
4 to 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
Cook bacon, remove from skillet, then drain and set aside. Saute onions and
carrots in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in butter, cabbage, salt, pepper
and cumin. Cook uncovered about 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring several
times.
Add potatoes, cover and simmer until potatoes are cooked, approximately
another 20 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon crumbles before serving. Serve immediately from skillet or transfer to casserole dish and keep warm until time
to serve.

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Cabbage Noodle Casserole
10 ounces egg noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
13-ounce package smoked kielbasa, sliced into rounds (turkey is good)
1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
1 large onion, sliced
2-1/2 cups chicken broth
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Cook the egg noodles as instructed on the package, undercooking them by a
few minutes. They will continue to cook in the sauce, so this will ensure they
don't get overcooked.
While the noodles are cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and saute
the kielbasa until it's browned on both sides. Add the cabbage, onions and
chicken broth, and cook until the cabbage is still a bit crunchy, about 5 minutes.
Make a well in the center of the pan and add the cream cheese, butter, green
onions and spices. Using a fork, break up the cream cheese and stir until
smooth. Reserve some of the green onions for garnish, if desired.
Add the egg noodles to the pan and toss thoroughly. Let this set on the
lowest heat setting for about two minutes, stirring often. The egg noodles will
absorb more of the sauce and become creamy. Remove from the heat and serve
immediately.

Cabbage Noodle
Casserole


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