Green Cabbage and Blood Oranges

February 12, 2009

Bacon and Cabbage is one of the first things you think of when Irish cooking is mentioned but most of us aren’t exactly nostalgic about it mainly because the cooking technique so beloved of mammies of old ie. boiling everything for at least 3 days doesn’t really do a whole lot for most (or rather any) variety. But the combination of Bacon with Cabbage or greens really does work. Try asian style pork belly and stir-fried pak choy if you need convincing.  My first recipe is much less timeconsuming but completely moreish. It’s a gratin with bacon and cabbage  topped with Cheddar Cheese and toasted til golden. It’s very fast and a cinch to make and the perfect comfort food if no valentines cards come through the letterbox tomorrow….
 
Bacon and Cabbage Gratin
 
You’ll need:
 
Olive Oil 
1 Onion
6 Streaky Rashers
1 Head Green Cabbage
100gr Cheddar Cheese
Some breadcrumbs if you have them
 
Roughly chop your Onion and begin to saute over a lowish heat in some Olive Oil. Chop the rashers into little bits and add to the Onion as it starts to turns translucent. While the Onion and Rashers are cooking roughly shred the Cabbage. To do this I’d cut it in half and work from there. Rinse the shredded cabbage and then add it to the pan just before the Bacon starts to turn crispy. Continue cooking  over a lowish heat until the Cabbage has completely wilted and softened (this will take about 15 minutes). Transfer to a gratin dish and grate the Cheese over the top and sprinkle on some breadcrumbs. Toast until golden and serve immediately.
 
It’s Blood Orange season at the moment and as well making great juice they are great in a simple salad (try adding a little shredded Mint for xtra colour and flavour if you have it) which is amazing with pretty much any chocolate dessert. If you find you get through a lot we can deliver a box along with your regular delivery. They come in 6.5k boxes which cost 17E. Just give Mary a shout if you’re interested.
 
 
 
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