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Bacon-and-Honey Red Cabbage

November 2006
Bacon-and-Honey Red Cabbage

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Rach served this as an out-of-the-ordinary Thanksgiving side, but it makes a great go-with for roasted poultry or pork any time of the year.

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 1/2 pound smoky bacon, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 head red cabbage (about 1-1/4 pounds), cored and shredded
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 12 ounce bottle  amber beer
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a couple of generous handfuls)
  1. In a Dutch oven or large, deep skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cabbage, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the beer and reduce for 2 minutes. Stir in the honey and cook on low heat until dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley and reserved bacon; season to taste.
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  • Use nonalcoholic beer if you prefer.