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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cabbage like Grandmama used to make!

How many of you remember your Mother or Grandmother rendering pork fat or lard?

I remember when I was small, my Mama, Judy Elliott, had an aluminum canister on the stove. The canister had a shallow cup in the top with holes and a lid. When Mama would fry bacon, she would drain the grease into that can and the small cup/strainer would catch all the little bits and leave behind clean grease. She would use that grease to season greens, cabbage and many other dishes.

Today I cooked cabbage for dinner and I remembered how my Mama used to cook it. I, however, took short-cuts because I was in a hurry! I like to slow down and cook the way she did because, frankly, it tastes better!

Here is Mama's Cabbage Recipe:
  • Head of Cabbage, cored and rough chopped
  • 2 strips of Bacon
  • Salt & Pepper
Fry the bacon is a frying pan or a wide bottom pan. Remove bacon and place on paper towels. Do not drain grease from pan. Add cabbage. Crumble bacon and add it to the cabbage. Carefully add about a 1/4 cup of water. Cover and let steam for about 10 or 15 minutes.

*My Grandmama Elliott would let her cabbage cook all day until it was completely limp. Mama said that that was wrong! "Never let it cook that long Lynn!"


  1. I can't wait to give this recipe a try!!

  2. How can you go wrong when it's Grandma's recipe AND it's got bacon in it?! It sounds delicious!

  3. I make this as well I think that this is a polish dish. We like to put stewed tomatoes on top of this though, this is one our family favorites, thank you for sharing this Lynn and keep those great recipes coming ~