Roasted cabbage with bacon and cippolini onions. This is the perfect way to cook your cabbage for St Patrick’s Day or any other time. Slow cooked cabbage with bacon and roasted onions.
Veggies should be roasted, (bangs gavel on desk) case closed! If my Judge Judy scenario doesn’t convince you, maybe this Roasted Cabbage will? Come on guys, it has bacon too!
Cabbage is available all year but the time for cabbage to really shine is around St Patrick’s Day. That big green ball doesn’t get much love through the rest of the year so it’s up to us to put it on the culinary map.
Maybe a teeny bit dramatic, but most people would boil their cabbage on St Pat’s just like my mom. Boil it to a slow death and extract every ounce of flavor it ever owned.
This is an awesome way to make vegetable stock and an even better way to kill a tasty veggie. Same rules go for the corned beef, roast in a pan with some cider or beer and cover with foil. A few hours later you’ll get a super tender chunk of corned beef with some great pan juice.
Don’t boil the meat!
Cut the cabbage into wedges and coat with some olive oil. Add the chopped bacon which acts like another baster (I think I made this word up?) Anyway the cabbage gets all crispy around the edges and soaks up the bacon grease.
Cippolini’s are cute but you can take them or leave them. They add a bit of flavor but they’re definitely not a deal breaker in this recipe. Maybe if they were sliced into thin shards?
The cabbage cooks for just over an hour, and even after this time in the oven it won’t be butter soft. Those individual leaves will separate like petals and still have a slight al dente bite to them.
Take some of that awesome pan juice from the corned beef and spoon it over the cabbage just before you serve it.
This is how we do cabbage.
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Roasted Cabbage with Bacon and Cippolini Onions
- 1 leaves fresh cabbage with a few of the outer discarded
- 6 slices bacon chopped into cubes
- 8 cippolini onions
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
- Sea salt
- Cracked black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut the cabbage into 8 wedges and lay on a large baking sheet pan.
- Sprinkle the chopped bacon pieces over the cabbage.
- Drizzle the olive oil carefully over the cabbage wedges.
- Combine the oregano, garlic and nutmeg in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the cabbage.
- Finally, season well with sea salt and plenty of cracked black pepper.
- Place the tray into the oven and roast for about 1 hour or until the cabbage starts to get crispy around the edges and is fairly soft when poked with a sharp knife.
Love how you make an unassuming veg a star!!! Never thought to roast cabbage… Now I most certainly will.
I love the look of this! It looks like spring and sounds delicious!
I’m several years late to this post. But I’m giving it a shot. And I’m suddenly confused. Does the bacon need to be pre cooked or do I throw it in the oven raw?
Love cabbage prepared almost any way… but especially roasted!
Dont boil the meat lol.
Living in an area that’s history is full of Irish Americans. Corned Beef and Cabbage is one of our favorite meals here…. “Boiled Dinner” My mom would take a pork shoulder or corned beef and boil the crap out of it in water with cabbage and potatoes. It was the most mushy bland meal ever. I much prefer it braised in beer, cider, or stock. Though I will admit, I do love the mushy cabbage if I add it to the meat halfway through braising. But at least it’s not water ;)
Haha! I think times have changed in a natural way from the previous generations and boiling can deliver an awesome flavor, but that flavor used to live in the meat :) Braising in beer or cider is something I love and enhances the meat in a totally different way :) That cake looked ridonk good btw!!
I think cabbage is way under-appreciated in the US – it’s so sweet and delicious! This looks like the perfect treatment for those fellas.
Boiled meat -ewwww!
And agreed veggies should always be grilled.
Nothing better than grilled veggies, love this idea!
I’m with you, roasted or grilled veggies are always the best. And you can’t go wrong with bacon!
I absolutely love roasting the veggies. So much flavor with so little effort. Just like you said Gerry, cooking tends to suck the flavor out of vegetables, while roasting does the opposite and enhances it.
Cabbage is one of those underrated vegetables here too (Central Europe). Just like pumpkin, parsnip or even Brussels sprouts. Speaking about those veggies, people don’t prefer to go out of their comfort zone, so they cook with a few traditional recipes over and over again. Honestly I do not roast a cabbage, but it definitely goes on the next week’s menu!
The crunchy cabbage is so delicious, so when boiling I prefer to do it no more than 20 minutes.
Cabbage was the hero of Minestrone soup we had last night:)
When do I add the cippolini onion, do I roast them as well.
Hi Keren, sorry and yes you add the onions with the cabbage so they roast together.