Cabbage Dishes to Complete Your Meal

Complement Your Main Dish With One of These Scrumptious Cabbage Recipes

Cabbage is a nutritious vegetable that has many applications and goes well with everything from pork and beef to lamb, chicken, and other poultry. Cabbage is readily available year-round in the supermarket. It is inexpensive and keeps well, so it's a good choice when on a budget. You don't have to buy a colossal head of cabbage if you don't think you can use it. Some supermarkets offer wedges or half-heads, and you'll find packaged shredded cabbage or slaw mix in most markets.

Here are some excellent ways to use cabbage as a side dish, including braised cabbage, red cabbage, slow-cooker cabbage, cabbage salads, and more easy-to-prepare dishes.

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    Cabbage Wedges With Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Bacon

    Cabbage with Cheese Sauce and Bacon

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    These cooked cabbage wedges are gussied-up with a delicious cheese sauce and crumbled bacon. This cabbage is special enough to earn a place on your holiday menu, and it's easy enough to prepare for an everyday meal. 

    Consider serving this cabbage—with or without the bacon—alongside hearty sausages, chops, or baked ham.

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    Cabbage With Leeks

    Cabbage and leeks

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    This tantalizing cabbage and leek dish goes with just about any main dish. Serve the cabbage and leeks with a pork roast or chops, beef, corned beef, or poultry. The cabbage and leeks are sautéed and then simmered with a small amount of chicken stock, butter, and seasonings.

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    Roasted Cabbage With Parsley and Parmesan Pesto

    Pesto sauce


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    A parsley, garlic, cheese, and walnut pesto adds color and flavor to this sliced roasted cabbage. This is an excellent choice that will nicely complement grilled steaks or chops.

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    Crunchy Cabbage Salad With Bacon

    Cabbage salad with bacon

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    This crunchy chopped cabbage salad features bacon, green onions, and a full-flavored mayonnaise and apple cider dressing. If you're looking for an alternative to the typical coleslaw, this salad is a superb choice.

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    Traditional Bubble and Squeak

    Bubble and squeak
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    Bubble and squeak is a British dish traditionally made with cooked vegetables from Sunday dinner. Leftover mashed potatoes and cabbage are classic ingredients, along with carrots, rutabagas, or Brussels sprouts.

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    Boiled Cabbage With Bacon

    Boiled cabbage with bacon

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    This simple combination of cabbage and bacon is a snap to prepare and cook. Some chicken broth or water, cabbage, onion, and bacon come together in this easy dish.

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    How to Cook Boiled Cabbage

    Boiled cabbage

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    This boiled cabbage couldn't be easier, and there are so many possible variations for flavor. Drizzle the boiled cabbage with pepper vinegar sauce or simply add butter.

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    Scottish Rumbledethumps

    Scottish rumbledathumps

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    You might want to prepare this one so that you can tell people about the whimsical name. Scottish rumbledethumps is a combination of leftover mashed potatoes, rutabagas, and cabbage. Some grated cheese makes it hearty enough to serve as a main dish. 

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    Easy Skillet Cabbage

    Skillet cabbage
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    Vinegar and a few basic seasonings flavor this easy skillet cabbage dish. Serve the cabbage with a ham dinner, pork chops, or a beef roast. The dish is a quick preparation, too; you'll have it on the table within 30 minutes.

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    Colcannon Potato Skins

    Potato skins


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    Mashed potatoes, cabbage, and cheddar cheese get together to make up the filling for these crispy colcannon baked potato skins. Serve the potato skins as a side dish or snack.

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    Cheddar Cabbage Gratin

    Baked cabbage gratin

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    A little mustard adds zing to this delicious cheddar cabbage casserole. Serve this flavorful cabbage casserole as part of a family meal or add it to your holiday dinner menu. Add Parmesan cheese to the buttered breadcrumb topping for more taste and texture. This casserole is an excellent way to enjoy cabbage.

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    Two-Cabbage Coleslaw (Classic Dutch Koolsla)

    This exciting Dutch coleslaw includes a tasty mayonnaise and mustard dressing. The salad contains leeks, red and green cabbage, carrots, and sprouts.

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    Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Mustard Vinaigrette

    Kale and cabbage slaw with walnuts and dijon mustard vinaigrette.

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    Kale and cabbage team up in this colorful salad. The Dijon mustard dressing is lighter than the typical cabbage salad with mayonnaise dressing, and the salad is quite versatile. Add some chopped toasted pecans or almonds, or add bacon to the cabbage and kale mixture.

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    Butter-Braised Cabbage

    All you need for this braised cabbage is some butter and a head of cabbage. Season it with some sea salt, and you have a fabulous side dish that is nearly effortless.

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    Easy Beer Braised Cabbage

    Beer braised cabbage


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    This beer braised cabbage will be an instant hit! It's made with only four main ingredients: cabbage, beer, onions, and bacon. Add this dish to your St. Patrick's Day bash.

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    Red Cabbage With Apples and Bacon

    Red cabbage and apple

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    Nutritious and attractive red cabbage is delicious with a little bacon, tart Granny Smith apples, optional caraway seeds, and seasonings. You can use turkey bacon to keep the dish low in fat. If you are cooking for children or people who cannot tolerate alcohol, you can replace the red wine with apple juice or stock.

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    Slow Cooker Cabbage and Tomatoes

    This easy recipe teams cabbage with stewed tomatoes and onions for a delicious and fuss-free slow cooker side dish. It couldn't get any easier than this. The dish adds color to your plate as well as essential nutrients when you serve it with meat or chicken.

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    Korean Spicy Pickled Cabbage

    Kimchi, cabbage relish
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    This spicy pickled cabbage is a kimchi-like blend of cabbage, scallions, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper. Add cabbage relish to stir-fries, rice or noodle dishes, and egg dishes. Or serve it as a condiment.