Southern Style Spicy Cabbage

    4 hours 20 min

    Spicy cabbage is traditionally served as a side dish but this one bowl meal is my family's and friends all time favorite. The fun part that compliments dish is the sweet cornbread crumbled all over the cabbage to soak up all the scrumptious and flavorful potliquor. The slightly sweet flavor balances the heat of the dish.

    Nevada, United States
    1 person made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 head med/lg cabbage
    • 1 large onion
    • 2 cloves crushed fresh garlic
    • 1 jallapeno halved lengthwise
    • 1 kielbasa or beef sausage (substitute turkey sausage)
    • 4-6 bacon strips cut in half in' pieces (substitute turkey bacon)
    • 4-5 cups uncooked, peeled, cleaned med 71/90 per lb. shrimp
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 24 ounces chicken stock
    • 1 liter water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr20min 

    1. in sauté pan, on med/high heat add bacon pieces rendering fat off bacon (if using turkey bacon use canola or extra virgin olive oil) cook until slightly crisp,scoop with slotted spoon and set aside
    2. add sausage and cook until slightly browned.Do not sear. scoop out with slotted spoon, set aside
    3. add onion to pan add half the salt. cook till translucent
    4. add garlic and continue cooking till oils release careful not to burn garlic it will turn bitter
    5. add jallapeno stir gently releasing oils
    6. add chicken stock
    7. add bay leaves
    8. add pepper
    9. put mixture in a crock pot set to high
    10. add chopped cabbage
    11. add enough water to cover about 3/4 of the cabbage cover with lid add more water while cooking if liquid reduces below half way covering cabbage
    12. cook until cabbage is at desired tenderness about 3-4 hours
    13. add shrimp cook till pink turn setting to warm
    14. ladle into bowls
    15. crumble sweet cornbread over mixture allow cornbread to soak up the potliquor

    Make it healthier

    substitute turkey bacon and turkey sausage add canola oil or xtra virgin olive oil to sate` bacon and sausage


    take out jallapeno pieces at desired level of spice as the dish will get hotter the longer it sits.

    Make ahead

    to make corn bread use your favorite store bought mix and add 1/2 cup of sugar or 1/4 cup of honey to sweeten.

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