Irish Bacon & Cabbage Recipe

Irish Bacon & Cabbage Recipe

Still popular in Ireland today is the traditional dish of bacon & cabbage. Like most other traditional Irish recipes this cheap, quick, and easy to make.  Irish Bacon & Cabbage is a delicious meal and highly recommended to give it a try.

The ingredient to making Cabbage & Bacon

  • 2 Pounds of Irish Streaky bacon
  • 1 Fresh white cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8-10 cloves

How to cook Irish bacon & cabbage

Soak the bacon in cold water for 12 hours. Place in a saucepan and cover well with fresh cold water. Bring slowly to the boil and simmer gently for 1 ½ hours. You know it is cooked when the bone slides out easily. Leave the bacon in the water to set.

Cut cabbage into quarters wash well and remove the tough stalks. Place cabbage into a pan of boiling water. (If you place a skinned onion in the pan as well it will counteract the smell of the cabbage) boil fast for 5 minutes. Add 2-3 cupfuls of the water that you boiled the bacon in. this will salt the cabbage and give it a lovely bacon flavour. Cook until cabbage is tender. Drain well and season with black pepper.

Skin the bacon and cover with the breadcrumbs and stud with the cloves. Brown in the oven and serve sliced on a bed of cabbage. Serve with potatoes boiled in their skins.

There is another variation of this meal and its even more basic. Shallow fry bacon or rashers and serve with boiled potatoes and tough this a very bland meal its enough to keep the hunger at bay.

Last updated March 2, 2020.

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