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Boiled cabbage is a traditional dish in some parts of the Appalachian region. It is made by cooking shredded cabbage in a pot with salt, pepper, and water.

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How to make cracker barrel boiled cabbage

Boiled cabbage is a southern staple and a dirt cheap one for those on a budget. You don’t have to go to Cracker Barrel to get your fill of delicious southern food. Learn how to make southern boiled cabbage in your own kitchen.

boiled cabbage on top of mashed potatoes and a light blue plate

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Boiled cabbage special ingredient

If you aren’t used to eating greens and cabbage, and you try to make them at home, your first time may lead to disappointing results. Leafy greens like kale, turnip greens, and mustard greens can make you want to gag if you leave out that one secret southern ingredient: fat.

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Basically, I’ve learned the key to making any vegetable taste great is either a bit of butter, bacon, or some other fat. Which brings me to cabbage.

knife and chopped cabbage on cutting board

I know the name boiled cabbage doesn’t sound exciting and when my mother-in-law told me that’s what she was making I was a little leery — but holy wow. When you taste it, you’ll be excited because the cabbage actually tastes good. Like, real good.

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I don’t think I can let the cabbage take all the glory because if it were just cabbage boiled in regular water, I’m not sure it would be as good. Remember how I said the key to making any leafy green taste good is either butter or bacon or both? Well, when you add a couple tablespoons of bacon grease to the water you boil the cabbage in, it results in a soft, tender, melt-in-your-mouth cabbage flavored bacon.

What to serve with boiled cabbage

I personally love serving boiled cabbage with skillet pork chops or slow cooker pinto beans. You really can’t go wrong with any classic southern dish.

Then spoon that onto delicious mashed potatoes, and follow it with a bite of moist cornbread. Now tell me you haven’t reached the equivalent of a southern-flavored heaven.

And the best part? Cabbage is dirt cheap and does not need to be purchased organic because most pests don’t like it. Maybe it’s because they’ve never had it boiled in bacon water. This means, you can have a quick, tasty, healthy, and cheap side dish.

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