Braised Cabbage and Carrots

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

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG. I made this two months ago..new 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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made for dinner tonight. Delish! Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this recipe for years - decades in fact. This is an everyday southern cabbage recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this today and it was great. I loved the smashed seasoning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, I had never made cabbage and this turned out so good. Thanks Neelys I really appreciate your help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy to make,very very tasty to eat item not reviewed by moderator and published
Im just learning how to cook and this is a very easy recipe to follow !!! wonderful taste ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 http://adventuresinfood123.blogspot.com/ Adventures In Food: Author: Kerry Howell item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So disappointed, this recipe is ridiculously hot. Spicey is one thing, but for a cabbage dish, it's just NOT necessary. Will NOT be saving this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Based on some reviews that this cabbage recipe was too hot/spicy, I used only 1 tablespoon of the Smash Seasoning and ? tablespoon salt (plus more). This dish was plenty hot enough for me using less Smash than the recipe called for. I only cooked my cabbage for about one hour, and it was tender enough for me (I didn?t want it mushy). This dish turned out great! I love the combination of the mellow cabbage, the smoky bacon, the sweet carrots and the salty spice mixture. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it. I also took the Smash Seasoning recipe. . made a big batch. . filled some $1.00 Spice Shakers for Holiday presents. I printed this cabbage recipe and attached it to the Shaker. It's super cheap and gives the receiver something personal....good when you not spending big bucks. Lastly, the seasoning can has cayeene peper...I have used a little less to tone down the pepper. The carrots tone down the pepper too. It's still good doing that!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like the ingredients but the finished product just did not work for us item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband made this and we loved it. Our son's 10 & 13 never would eat cabbage before but now they want it all the time. The only thind different we did was instead of water he use chicken broth and added smoked sausge. We have loved almost everything we have tried from your show. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have only cooked cabbage 2 or 3 times at most and its just ok. But after trying this recipe I will make more often. Didnt use carrots and used less of the smash seasoning and it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cayenne in the "smash seasoning" made this recipe too hot for us. I threw it all out and did the same with the recipe card. It might be better if I had left the cayenne out, but I really just prefer cooked cabbage with onion, butter, and smoked sausage or bacon for seasoning. They evidently like their food hotter in Memphis than we do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't think I'd be a fan of cooked cabbage. I took the advice and cooked carrots for longer (about 30-45 min), and cabbage for less (about an hour and a half) and it turned out GREAT. Kids thought it was a bit spicy, but hubby and I LOVED it. If you are not into spicy food, cut the smash seasoning in half, but if you do love spicy food the seasoning is just perfect. This recipe is a definite keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is not a keeper! Made it tonight and will discard tomorrow. I like my cabbage recipe that I make much much much bettger! I put potatofes, onions, apples and smoked sausage in it. A complete meal with little or no effort. The smash seasoning is not very good either. Here again I like my own seasoning which is a take off of emerils. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best cabbage that I've made thanks to this recipe. Although I didn't use all the ingredients in the "Smash Seasoning" this turned out great. I also didn't use carrots my family doesn't like them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed hints from other reviewers about how long to steam the cabbage. I steamed for about 1-1/4 hr then dropped the carrot slices in for about 15 min. Went off on my own and cooked with what I had in the fridge. I had no bacon, so I used 1/4 lb of spicy sausage and a handful of pepperoni slices. Had no lemon pepper so I put some black pepper & lemon zest in. Very interesting flavor, I like celery seed, but for those who don't? try Mustard seed. One could change this up in many ways as long as they stick to the basics. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ever since I can remember we have had cabbage on New Years Day along with the blackeyed peas. I have never liked cabbage. I watch the Neely's show for the first time several months ago and they were cooking "get yo man chicken" and this cabbage dish. WE LOVE IT! It's our new tradition for New Years! OH I had to cut the hot pepper back to 1/2 the amount but we just love this dish! I made your "nana cinnamon rolls" too and they were great! I love trying the new dishes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can also find a similar recipe in Patti LaBelle's cookbook but instead of just cabbage and potatoes, she uses potatoes as well. Good recipe overall! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I gave this recipe an average rating because, I must confess, I did not make the cabbage. What I DID make was the smash seasoning. I now use it on ALL my green vegetables (string beans, kale, collards, EVERYTHING) and I LOVE it. I like the spice, so that does not bother me. I did put too much in once, but that was okay; I just drank a lot of water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe with the Get your Man Chicken recipe. I really enjoyed it and so did my husband. I have now found a different way to make cabbage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As some others did, I cooked the cabbage a lot less than the time given. I can take heat but didn't care for the Smash Seasoning flavorings. I thought it gave it an odd taste. I also thought the addition of the carrots would be a plus but, again, didn't care for them with those particular seasonings. I'm going to stick to my own tried-and-true braised cabbage recipe. This is the third Neely recipe in a row that has disappointed me. I'm calling it quits with them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making cabbage and it was excellent.I followed the recipe for the most part but I didnt add 1 cup of water.I didnt want it too soggy.I used the water from when you wash it and that was enough.I didnt use the carrots. And i also added 2 teaspoons of sugar. It was wonderful!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very anxious to try this recipe. I love cabbage but have only cooked it with smoked butt and/or corned beef. I agree with everyone else's comments...cut the smash seasoning way down!! I also agree that 2 hours is too long to cook this dish. I would start with 1/2 TEASPOON and let the cabbage start to cook for about 1/2 hour. Then taste and add additional seasoning as you desire. Will try again with these adjustments. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Per some previous reviewers, I cut the Smash Seasoning in half. But even at 1 tablespoon it was still VERY spicy! Next time I'll reduce the amount of Smash Seasoning even further. Used chicken broth instead of water. I reduced the cooking time down to 1 1/2 hours before I added the carrots, which needed 30 minutes instead of 15. Thinking about adding a few quartered potatoes in addition to the carrots next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this dish with their Get Yo Man Chicken. This is an excellent dish. Definitely do NOT cook the cabbage for 2 hours, you should be able to watch and gage how long to cook it and when to add the carrots. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous, absolutely fabulous. Nice to see meals made with ingredients and titles I can pronouce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
....but good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious but I agree that it was too mushy. When I make it again I would only cook it for an hour to an hour and a half. I didnt have any bacon so I used pieces of ham and added some egg noodles to it. My boyfriend and I loved it and will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was great, my family loved it. I'm for sure adding this one to my recipe book! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am trying this today with my barbecued corn beef. It sounds delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think the Neely's recipe for the braised cabbage is just great item not reviewed by moderator and published
According to other reviews, I didn't cook this for 2 hours, 1 to 1 1/2 hours is enough. The carrots took alot longer then 15 minutes, I left mine for 30 minutes and they were still undercooked. I love the Neely's, but this just didn't do much for us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have cabbage the boring way. But this receip, made me say WOW!!! Way to Go Neelys!!! As a Memphian, I love the neelys, now I love them more. Keep up the good work and food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a good way to cook cabbage. It infuses so much flavor into it, and the carrot addition helps out tons too. Love it. Love the Neelys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked the Cabbage and Carrots last week (3/6/08), and it was real good. The only changes that i made to that dish is that i used Chicken Broth instead of water, I used One heaping tablespoon of the Smash Seasoning, a half pack of the bacon and a tablespoon and a half of sugar. There was no reason to cook the cabbage for 2 hours. This is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wonderful flavor and my kids 7,10,11 loved the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I like spicy food and found this to be a great way to kick up what is usually a bland vegetable. Also, cabbage is always inexpensive and plentiful in the winter so it is nice to find a new way to enjoy it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm making this again today. It is delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was really good. HOWEVER, it is very spicy and I like spicy food. This should be mentioned. You can use half the smash seasoning. ALSO, I thought that it was odd that this recipe calls for a 2-hour cook time. For cabbage, I thought that was too long. I should have followed my instinct because the dish came out very, very mushy and spicy. My fiance or children wouldn't touch it. Most of the dish was thrown out because of it. I do like the flavor and will prepare again BUT, I will reduce the cook time to about an hour and I'd use half the smash seasoning (adjusting the taste as I go along). item not reviewed by moderator and published
OK, AS USUAL, I READ THE REVIEWS FIRST TO SEE IF I THOUGHT THIS WAS WORTH MAKING AND I DECIDED IT WAS. I MADE IT FOR A CHURCH DINNER AND HAD CORNED BEEF TOO. WELL, IT IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! NOW I HAVE A RECIPE FOR CABBAGE THAT IS EASY AND UNBELIEVABLY GOOD. THANKS SO MUCH. THIS IS DEFINITELY A KEEPER! :) I WILL BE MAKING THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is really good. I would suggest adding 1 TEASPOON of the Smash seasoning and then adding more as you go along. 2 teaspoons was fine for my taste, but the amount given in the recipe would have been way too much. Also, the cabbage gets tender much quicker than 2 hours. The whole dish can be ready in one hour, maybe less. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful cabbage although my family doens't like spicy things so I used only one table spoon of the "smash"..It is a keeper.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids are VERY picky eaters and I made this dish last night and they loved it!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves cabbage but we couldn't eat this. It was way too spicy. I will make this again with the cayenne pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found the taste to be very good but it was way too spicy for my wife or me. Had to throw the whole pot out. Will make again with less spices. I also enjoyed the smell during cooking. There wasn't the typical cabbage odor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great cabbage and carrots, easy to make. Great with pork or chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This too was wonderful. I used fresh rosemary because I had it and did not have the cayenne pepper so used Louisiana hot sauce instead...to my taste because I don't like HOT but do like spicy. Also, I don't like my cabbage overcooked....so I used my own judgement on that also. But the combination of spices was very good in the cabbage. I have added to my personal recipe box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not use all and as much spices. But it was a keeper. And she does not act near as silly or crazy as Paula's Party on Friday nite. If I were some of the ladies on Paula's show I would meet her outside with a fist. This dish is a keeper and a sounthern charm. She has just got that "southern spunk.." Ala item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best cabbage recipe tried thus far. My husband could't get enough. I hate vegetables and I loved it! Never try Paula Dean's nasty canned corn beef one ugggh. If you like cabbage and want a simple recipe go for this on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was way too hot for our palate. It should have mentioned it in the recipe. It would have been a wonderful dish otherwise. Not sure if I'll go through the trouble of making it again without the cayenne. I had to throw the whole batch away. A waste of 2 hrs and a waste of food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much heat. It should be mentioned in the recipe. I had to throw it out because it was much to hot/spicy?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great and easy to cook item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cabbage and I love hot food but this just didn't work for me. Mushy and too hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best cabbage I have ever had.It will turn up the heat in your relationship too! Love the show item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this meal. The cabbage was even better the second day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always found cabbage hard to cook and therefore my husband and and did not eat it at home. I watched Gina prepare this on her show and decided to try it- it turned out excellent- I did not cook it for the 2 hrs-i thought that was too long-i only cooked it until it was soft and was starting to turn brown. I used turkey bacon. I wonder how it would taste with a little chopped onion? item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor on this recipe is awesome. If you like things on the milder side (like me), I would recommend using only add one tablespoon of the smash seasoning. It's great to have another variation for cabbage. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never made nor eaten braised cabbage before this. Easy to make and wonderful flavor. Gina adds salt while it cooks and not at just at the end. Also I found the carrots take a little longer to cook. I did feel it needed a tad bit of sugar, about a teaspoon. A big hit with my man. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the celery seed and carrots because I didn't have them on hand and left everything else the same. Flavorful dish item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared this dish for dinner last night and my husband loved it. He doesn't usually ask for second helpings of vegetables, but did last night. The red pepper in the smash seasoning blend adds a wonderful kick in the background when eating this dish. I'm sure this will become a staple in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
but it looked good on the show...was excellant and something different for a change...i substituted turkey bacon and it was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was easy to follow and it turned out great. I will definitely be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whew! This is spicy but really tasty. I didn't cook the cabbage for 2 hours. That just seemed way too long. I cooked it as long as the chicken and it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Congratulations to Pat & Gina. I know Pat & his brother, Marc from school long time ago. I'm proud of the Neely's!! I watched the show yesterday. Haven't tried any recipes, but they all sound good! I've had cabbage similiar to this, too. I'm sure it's GREAT! Gina you know that's typical of us in the M-town to be big HATERS! Don't let it get you down. 'Cause we can all change our TV if we don't like the show, UH??? To the XXXSells??? writer - you were TOTALLY out of line for calling her a B! Get a Life! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the simpliest and tastiest recipe for cabbage item not reviewed by moderator and published
i love the neely's! this dish was great. will try again. and GINA IS GREAT!!!! SHE JUST SPICING IT UP A BIT! I AGREE GO NEELY'S GO! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was awesome. It was better than grandma made it. Only thing I did differently was added a teaspoon of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this combination and it was really good. 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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