Southern "New Year's" Smothered Cabbage

"It is a New Orleans tradition to eat black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Years day. Its supposed to bring you luck in the year to come. I personally didn't care for cooked cabbage until I came up with this recipe."
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  • 1 head cabbage, sliced
  • 1 lb bacon, sliced into small pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • In a large pot cook bacon, remove and drain, reserving the fat.
  • Add onion to bacon fat and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add cabbage and drained bacon and saute for 5-10 minutes.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Questions & Replies

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  1. keithsterling57
    Hey all, happy new year! Question: after you sauté the onion in the bacon grease, do you drain the grease then add the cabbage , or add the cabbage to the grease?


  1. Michelle S.
    Well, DH hates cooked cabbage, or should I say DID! We both went wild over this! We served it with Amy V's pork chops and noodles (there went the cholestrol count..)and were in heaven. The flavor the bacon adds to this dish is unbelievable! (As Emeril says pork fat rules!) I did add some creole spice to it as it cooked to kick it up a notch. This will be an often served side dish at our house! Thanks Kari for getting DH to eat cabbage!!!!
  2. Barb G.
    We love Cabbage fixed this way. I have been making it for years, It is so good. Glad that you posted the recipe for others to enjoy.
  3. kdalpha
    Too bland. I had to dress it up with 2 tbsp. of Cavenders Greek Seasoning, add another stick of butter, and the bacon seemed out of place. Would have been great with out the meat, better seasoning like I added. After I fixed it, it was the favorites dish at the pot luck New Years Dinner!~ Also, let it all steam until all wilted with a big tight lid, drain and put into casserole dish and serve.
  4. williadj1
    This was delish!!!! Very fattening but good! Hey, I don't cook it but once a year anyway!
  5. twronski
    This was EXCELLENT!! Of course, it is super fattening but this is going to be our traditional "new years" cabbage recipe! One day a year can't help, but I think I will have trouble not making it again before next year! Thanks!!


  1. b.evans114
    This was the first time I made this dish. I like a lot of seasoning in foods. So I added Tony Charchere's Original Creole Seasoning and granulated garlic powder for extra flavor. Turned out very tasty.
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