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'!
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    Good, but spicy! Next time, I'll cut way back on the cayenne!
    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
    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
    I tired this and it was a big hit with us all. Have made a couple of times since. Is a keeper.
    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.
    I added about a tsp of sugar. Not for sweetness, but to cut the bitterness of cabbage. I also only cooked about 30 minutes. I think 2 hrs is an error even though I heard Gina say it. You would have cabbage mush if it cooked 2 hrs. It may be tasty, but mushy just the same. Cabbage should not be mushy. That's why I say you have to use you common sense when cooking. I think only collard greens take 2 hrs to cook.
    We love cabbage so I am always looking for a new way to cook this veggie. This recipe was outstanding. I only cooked it for a total of 45 minutes instead of the 2 hours it called for. We like a little crunch to our cabbage. We will be making this again!
    OMG. I made this two months way to make cabbage..LOVED it! I was getting so tired of the old recipes for cabbage and this was a new twist.. I would advise trying it to everyone!
    PERFECT! Trust me, if followed correctly, this is a MASTERPIECE. In a dutch oven, I cooked the bacon just like the recipe stated. I then added some onion and garlic powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Lawry's seasoning and a little salt and pepper to the bacon. Add these seasonings to your liking but I used about a teaspoon of them all. After the bacon cooked, I added chicken stock instead of plain water for flavor of course. I also added 3 small pieces of smoked turkey necks to the pot. I covered it and let it simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then I added the carrots for the remainder which was an hour more. Don't forget to stir the cabbage. I omitted smash seasoning because I didn't have celery seed or lemon pepper but in my opinion my version is out of this world. The end result was VERY TASTY. The smoked turkey necks is the secret in this recipe. This is my preferred method of cooking cabbage from now on. Enjoy everyone.
    Flavor delish but b/f thought it was a bit too spicey. For those with a tender palate you may want to ease up on the cayenne a bit. Definitely took closer to an hour for the carrots to be cooked.
    Made for dinner tonight. Delish! Will make again.
    Great recipe never tried braised cabbage before now....mine was done in about 45 mins to an hour... but was delicious! In the future I'll have to double the recipe. Only 4 stars because the time is SO off on this recipe.
    this was fantastic.... i did add alittle extra pepper but it was very tasty with the spices!!! will deffinately make more often as a side and it's healthy..
    I've been making this recipe for years - decades in fact. This is an everyday southern cabbage recipe.
    Made this today and it was great. I loved the smashed seasoning.
    I loved this recipe, I had never made cabbage and this turned out so good. Thanks Neelys I really appreciate your help.
    I love this recipe. This is now my go-to cabbage recipe but you CANNOT cook cabbage for 2 hours, it will be nothing but mush. Stir cabbage every few minutes so that all of the cabbage will be incorporated and softened. Cook 10 minutes for the cabbage alone, age carrots and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
    very easy to make,very very tasty to eat
    Im just learning how to cook and this is a very easy recipe to follow !!! wonderful taste !
    I added more smash seasoning and an additonal lb of cabbage. I cooked for an hour 45 minutes for cabbage 15 for carrots combined. I left the lid on French oven to let the carrots get good and tender. I also used smoked neckbones with the bacon for more seasoning. The neckbones tasted great with all the flavor going on. Thanks Pat and Gina.
    I loved this recipe! This turned out GREAT, Not too spicey at all.. I did, however cut the cooking time in half.. Cabbage was not mushy, and just tender enough. I also added a little extra bacon grease I usually have in the fridge from breakfast sometimes...GREAT! I make this alot now!
    I liked this recipe, especially the seasonings but I NEVER cook cabbage for two hours--it's too mushy. Rather, i saute in 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft, but not mushy. Great flavor and doesn't take as long. Other than that, the ingredients used to enhance the cabbage and the seasonings are great!
    I made this for my family and we love it so much and it was not to spice for us. I collect recipes and this is a keeper. Thanks Gina and Pat
    After the two hours were up, I noted that that the cabbage in the pot now looked like cabbage mush, but I went ahead and added the bag of baby carrots and let them cook.
     I tasted the resulting dish before serving and thought that it might be a little spicy? A little spicy is an understatement! I ate about three bites and my wife maybe two bites. We decided that anytime a recipe calls for one teaspoon of cayenne pepper, I will cut it at least by half. We ended up discarding the remainder, as there was no way we could eat it. It also was not very appetizing with the cabbage turned to mush.
     If you would like to make this dish, I recommend cutting the cooking time by at least an hour and adding a little of the spices to your taste, not the recipe.
     Read the rest of my experience on my blog Adventures In Food
     Adventures In Food: Author: Kerry Howell
    I really did enjoyed cooking this for my family tonight. The twins loved it and my 16 yr old son had three helpings. I did use less of the smash especially the cayenne pepper and also I added an red onion and a little of regular sugar about 1/3 of a cup so delicious. Also I did leave out the carrots and cooked only for an hour. The next time I will add the carrots and not forget this time. I will be cooking this recipe again in the near future.
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