Irish Cabbage with Bacon

We absolutely loved this recipe for Irish Cabbage with Bacon. It’s simply delicious. The cabbage was super tender, the addition of bacon, well…let’s face it, bacon never hurt anything and after making this recipe I have realized that apple cider vinegar and cabbage are meant for each other.  Right before serving the cabbage is placed under the broiler giving the cabbage a nice golden brown color and crisping up the bacon perfectly.

Give Cabbage A Chance

If you haven’t eaten cabbage in awhile or you’re convinced that you don’t like cabbage, then you have got to try this recipe and give cabbage a second chance. This recipe is not only fast and easy to make, requiring less than six ingredients, it’s super delicious and super duper affordable. Irish Cabbage with Bacon costs under $5.00 to make (if you use inexpensive bacon). Not bad considering this dish will serve 4 people.


The cabbage family, which includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kale are all members, is wide and varied. Cabbage comes in many forms. In the U.S. the most widely used cabbage comes in compact heads of waxy, tightly wrapped leaves that range in color from almost white to green to red. Savoy cabbage and Chinese cabbage are considered, in culinary terms, superior but aren’t as readily available.

Choosing Cabbage

Choose cabbage that has fresh, crisp-looking leaves that are firmly packed. The head should be heavy for its size. Cabbage may be refrigerated, tightly wrapped, for about a week. It can be cooked in a variety of ways or eaten raw, as in slaw or salad. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable  and contains a good amount of vitamin C and some vitamin A.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar takes ordinary cabbage and transforms it into something you’ll crave. Who knew, that apple cider vinegar and and cabbage were meant for each other!?! Besides the bacon, nutmeg, butter and honey, the apple cider vinegar brings out the best in the cabbage. For this recipe we used Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar . You can purchase Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar online, health food stores and many grocery stores.













Irish Cabbage

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  • 2 slices thick bacon, diced
  • 1 medium cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons  melted butter
  • 2 cups  water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven broiler
  • Place cabbage into a large pot. Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer over low heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain and set aside. Drain cabbage, and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with bacon and nutmeg. Transfer to a baking dish. Drizzle with apple cider vinegar and honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place under your oven's broiler until the top layer is lightly browned, about 5 minutes.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 173mg, Potassium: 408mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 407IU, Vitamin C: 83mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Tip:

When making this recipe, use thick slices of a good quality apple smoked bacon such as: Nueskes Here on Turnips 2 Tangerines we love cabbage. Try these different ways with cabbage. Braised Red Cabbage, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls and Cabbage, Okra and Cherry Tomatoes.