Braised Cabbage and Carrots

Total Time:
2 hr 25 min
5 min
2 hr 20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 1 large head (about 3 pounds) green cabbage
  • 4 slices extra-thick bacon, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Smash Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag baby carrots
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Smash Seasoning:
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Core cabbage and chop into 2-inch pieces. Clean thoroughly and let drain.

In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon halfway through. Cook's Note: It will release its fat and be lightly browned, but still moist.

Add the cabbage, water and Smash Seasoning. Cover and reduce to a simmer and steam 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Drain water from pot and add carrots. Cover and simmer another 15 minutes, until carrots are tender. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Smash Seasoning:

Mix ingredients thoroughly and keep in a tightly sealed container for up to 6 months.

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I reduced the amount of water by half and replaced the 'smash' with 1.5 tsp Creole seasoning (which I had in my cupboard) and eliminated the need for additional salt (lower sodium) and pepper. I truly detest mixing a 'custom' seasoning blend for one recipe. I did not drain the little residual liquid before I added the carrots. The dish came out well. The low, slow cooking makes the cabbage tender and flavorful. However, this recipe is definitely not for the cook 'in a hurry'! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely terrible. Bar none the worst I've found to date. It is unreasonably time-consuming for a cabbage recipe, and the amount of braising liquid that is recommended is ridiculously low. Be prepared to use over 10 cups if you cook for the full 2 hours, unless you like scrubbing your pots. The seasoning mix that they recommend doesn't complement the cabbage that well, and the carrots really should be added before the braising liquid is removed from the mix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This was great. I used quartered brussel sprouts instead of cabbage and cut back a lot on the cayenne. I slice up carrots and added with the brussel sprouts and only cooked for about 40 minutes. Sweet and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't want to stew cabbage again so I was looking for something different. It had a great flavor and a little spice. I didn't have the celery seed so I did without, and I substituted a bag of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower for the carrots and it was excellent! I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! It is a new favorite in our house. I have made it twice, the first time as directed, but it only took half the time to cook. The second time, I started it out on the stove and instead of bacon, I used holiday kielbasa. Then, when the cabbage was softened, I put it in the crock pot. I added carrots at the same time, too. So good!!! Love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but spicy! Next time, I'll cut way back on the cayenne! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i actually like this recipe. i am not a fan of hot dishes so i didnt use the cayenne pepper, lol but it was really good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it. There was a great smokey flavor from the bacon. The smash seasoning created a sweet and spicy flavor to add to the cabbage. It's a wonderful side dish item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tired this and it was a big hit with us all. Have made a couple of times since. Is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe. I'm a cabbage fan anyway, but I really like the carrots in the cabbage. If you like "the kick" that Gina is always talking about, then the Smash recipe is definitely great. I read a few reviews that said the recipe was too spicy. I think the spice is a matter of preference. I still added hot sauce to my cabbage after using the Smash seasoning. I would recommend tasting the cabbage with one tablespoon Smash first if you're not a bigger spicy fan. The only thing I did differently was that I added some creole seasoning close to the end. I did not cook the cabbage for 2 hours. I cooked it to the texture I like which was for 45 minutes to an hour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
2 hours??? That is nuts. I made this in 20 minutes. Anyone cooking veggies that long is way over cooking them and destroying the nutritional value. This Food Channel shows are horrible! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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