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Southern-Style Smothered Cabbage & Potatoes

A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.

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Just like with Southern-Style Green Beans & Potatoes, I could eat a half gallon of this stuff at one setting. There may be fried chicken or porkchops on the table too, but I’ll barely give them a glance. This is the stuff of a Southern girl’s dreams. 

OK, I might could be enticed to make room for some cornbread or biscuits too but otherwise, I’m all-in on this.

Did I just sound really country?? A salesman at the mall said I must be from the DEEP South yesterday when he overhead me talking about Sunday dinner. Haha! Well I am and I ain’t shamed about it either.

Southern-Style Smothered Cabbage & Potatoes! A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.

I cook this a little different than some folks. I’m not a fan of boiled all to hell cabbage. I like mine cooked down in some bacon grease or oil till it gets tender. Boiled cabbage loses too much flavor and feels too mushy in my mouth (same for collards, turnip greens, mustard greens too).

To avoid overcooking the cabbage, I partially cook the potatoes in the microwave so they cook more quickly and need less liquid when added to the pot with the cabbage.

If you like super-soft boiled cabbage, feel free to skip the microwave and add the potatoes to the cabbage raw. You will likely need more chicken broth unless you remove the cabbage from the pot, place the broth and potatoes in the bottom so the potatoes will be submerged, then add the cabbage on top.

Southern-Style Smothered Cabbage & Potatoes! A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.

HOW TO EAT SOUTHERN-STYLE CABBAGE & POTATOES

This can be a main dish or a side. Growing up, we often ate whole meals made mostly of vegetables in the summer when the gardens were coming in. I’m not saying we were summer vegetarians because we always had a plate of fatback or side pork to go with them. Plus, half the vegetables were cooked with bacon grease but you get the point. 

This is a great side dish because it has both a green vegetable and a starch so you really don’t need to make anything else. Anybody else plan their meals like that? I always aim to have at least one green vegetable and usually have a starch (rice, potatoes or pasta).

Southern-Style Smothered Cabbage & Potatoes! A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.

MAIN DISHES TO SERVE WITH SOUTHERN-STYLE CABBAGE & POTATOES 

BUTTER-BRAISED SLOW COOKER PORK ROAST - A fork-tender pork loin drenched in sizzling butter seasoned with Cajun spices cooked to perfection in the crock pot. 

DRUNKEN CHICKEN WITH 40’LEVEN CLOVES OF GARLIC – Beer-brined chicken marinated with whole garlic cloves and simple spices oven-roasted.

COUNTRY-FRIED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH GRAVY - Buttermilk marinated chicken breasts seasoned to perfection then fried until golden brown with homemade pan gravy.

SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS - A simple one-pan recipe for fork-tender pork chops smothered in gravy that thickens as the chops bake and tenderizes them low and slow in the oven.  

NANNY'S STICKY CHICKEN - Southern Sticky Chicken slow cooks in an easy sauce in a cast iron skillet. The chicken braises in a slightly sweet tangy sauce and is fall-off-the-bone tender. 

Southern-Style Smothered Cabbage & Potatoes! A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.

NOTES ON COOKING SOUTHERN-STYLE CABBAGE & POTATOES

  • We’re partially cooking the potatoes in the microwave so that we don’t have to boil the cabbage to death to get the potatoes done. Once cool enough to handle, they are very easy to peel. If you'd like to skip this step, remove the cabbage from the pot before adding raw potatoes and broth then add cabbage on top (this way the potatoes are submerged in the broth and can cook faster while the cabbage steams instead of boils). 
  • Yukon gold and red potatoes are great in this AND there’s no need to peel them – simply cut then add to the pot.
  • Substitute smoked sausage or kielbasa for bacon if desired. 
  • You can add garlic, red pepper flakes, caraway seeds, paprika or any other spices you enjoy with cabbage. I usually just use salt and pepper because I’m usually going for more of a “southern vibe”.
Southern-Style Smothered Cabbage & Potatoes! A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.

Recipe for Southern-Style Cabbage Potatoes

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Yield: 8 Servings
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Southern-Style Cabbage & Potatoes

Southern-Style Cabbage & Potatoes

A simple homestyle recipe for tender potatoes smothered in fried cabbage and onions cooked with bacon.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes (2 lbs)
  • 6-8 slices bacon (1/2 lb)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate, pierce each a few times with a sharp knife then microwave for 8 minutes on high (or 5 minutes if using smaller potatoes); set aside to cool a bit.
  2. Meanwhile, cut bacon into 1/2-inch pieces then cook until very crispy in a Dutch oven or large pot. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon from drippings; set aside.
  3. Add onions to bacon drippings then sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Chop cabbage into large pieces (about 2-inches), removing the core. Add cabbage, salt and pepper to onions then sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Peel the potatoes then dice into 1-inch pieces. Add diced potatoes, chicken broth and cooked bacon to cabbage then gently stir to incorporate. Cover pot then cook for 10-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Notes

  • We’re partially cooking the potatoes in the microwave so that we don’t have to boil the cabbage to death to get the potatoes done. Once cool enough to handle, they are very easy to peel. If you'd like to skip this step, remove the cabbage from the pot before adding raw potatoes and broth then add cabbage on top (this way the potatoes are submerged in the broth and can cook faster while the cabbage steams instead of boils).
  • Yukon gold and red potatoes are great in this AND there’s no need to peel them – simply cut then add to the pot.
  • Substitute smoked sausage or kielbasa for bacon if desired. 
  • You can add garlic, red pepper flakes, caraway seeds, paprika or any other spices you enjoy with cabbage. I usually just use salt and pepper because I’m usually going for more of a “southern vibe”.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

201.94

Fat

7.85 g

Sat. Fat

2.63 g

Carbs

26.58 g

Fiber

4.67 g

Net carbs

21.99 g

Protein

6.78 g

Sodium

490.3 mg

Iron

1.55 mg

Calcium

61.5 mg
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