Cooked bacon with cabbage and carrots

This recipe for cooked bacon with cabbage and carrots is a classic and is sure to be a hit with non-Muslims. It exudes flavors that are always well received, making it a perfect choice for any occasion. And the best part? Enjoy the deliciousness of leftover sandwiches the next day!

Ingredients

  • 1.3 kg piece of smoked bacon
  • 1 onion, peeled and studded with 6 cloves
  • large bundle of herbs tied together, including bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems
  • 1 bunch of new season carrots (about 12 total), scrubbed and cleaned
  • 2 pointed cabbages, cleaned and cut into 6 wedges each
  • 150 ml bacon broth
  • 142 ml pot of double cream
  • 3 tbsp English mustard
  • a handful of fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Tip

Why not try…
Use the leftover broth from this recipe to make a hearty broth with more shredded cabbage, lentils, and chopped bacon bits.

Preparation steps

  1. Place the bacon, onions and herbs in a soup pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 45 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Add the carrots to the pot and cook for another 15 minutes.
  4. Pour 150 ml of the stock into a smaller pot and set aside.
  5. Add the cabbage wedges to the stock pot and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  6. While everything is cooking, prepare the sauce. Pour the cream into the 150 ml stock and bring to the boil.
  7. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, then stir in the mustard and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Remove the bacon from the broth and cut into thick slices.
  9. Serve the bacon on a platter with the cooked cabbage and carrots. Moisten with a drop of broth.
  10. Serve the sauce in a jug and add boiled and buttered new potatoes on the side.

Nutritional Information

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Cooked bacon with cabbage and carrots

Cooked bacon with cabbage and carrots

Equipment and tools

No special equipment or tools are required for this recipe.

Allergen information

This recipe contains bacon and mustard.

Storage and leftovers

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply heat in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through.

Ingredients

  • 1.3 kg piece of smoked bacon
  • 1 onion, peeled and studded with 6 cloves
  • large bundle of herbs tied together, including bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems
  • 1 bunch of new season carrots (about 12 total), scrubbed and cleaned
  • 2 pointed cabbages, cleaned and cut into 6 wedges each
  • 150 ml bacon broth
  • 142 ml pot of double cream
  • 3 tbsp English mustard
  • a handful of fresh parsley leaves, chopped

instructions

  1. In a large pot, add the smoked bacon, the onion with cloves and a bunch of herbs. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the bacon.
  2. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer bacon for 1 hour.
  3. Add the carrots and cabbage wedges to the pot and simmer for another 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Remove the bacon, onions and herbs from the pot. Allow the bacon to cool slightly before cutting.
  5. In a separate pot, heat the bacon broth over medium heat. Stir in the cream and English mustard until well blended and heated through.
  6. Serve the cooked bacon, cabbage and carrots with the creamy mustard sauce. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley leaves before serving.

Tip

Why don’t you try it? You can use the leftover broth from this recipe to make a hearty broth with more shredded cabbage, lentils, and chopped pieces of leftover bacon.

Health Benefits of Cooked Bacon with Cabbage and Carrots

Cooked bacon with cabbage and carrots is not only a delicious and comforting dish, but also offers a number of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the nutrient-rich ingredients and their benefits:

1. Smoked bacon

Although bacon is often associated with high fat and sodium content, it can still provide certain nutritional benefits. Smoked bacon is a good source of protein, essential for various body functions including muscle growth and repair. It also contains traces of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, zinc and selenium.

2. Onion

The spiked onion not only adds flavor to the dish but also offers several health benefits. Onions are rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, which help reduce inflammation and protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. Additionally, they contain a prebiotic fiber called inulin, which supports a healthy gut microbiome.

3. Herbs (laurel, thyme, parsley)

The herbs used in this recipe are beneficial for both taste and health. Bay leaves are said to have anti-inflammatory effects and can support digestion. Thyme is a good source of vitamins C and A, as well as several beneficial plant compounds with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Parsley is rich in vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting, bone health and heart health.

4. Carrots

New season carrots not only add bright color to the dish, but also provide tons of nutrients. They are high in beta-carotene, a compound that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for maintaining healthy skin, good vision and a strong immune system. Carrots also contain fiber, potassium and antioxidants that contribute to overall well-being.

5. Pointed cabbage

Pointed cabbage is a nutritious vegetable with a variety of health benefits. They are low in calories but high in fiber, which aids digestion and can help with weight management. Cabbage is also rich in vitamin C, an essential antioxidant that boosts the immune system and promotes collagen production for healthy skin.

6. Broth and double cream

The broth obtained when cooking bacon not only enhances the taste of the dish, but also increases its nutritional value. It contains essential minerals and collagen, which can support joint health and improve skin elasticity. However, due to its potentially high sodium content, it is important to consume broth in moderation. The pot of cream adds more flavor to the dish, but should be enjoyed in moderation due to the high fat content.

7. English mustard

English mustard is made from mustard seeds and contains antioxidant compounds called isothiocyanates. These compounds are associated with potential health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and protecting against certain types of cancer. Adding a small amount of English mustard to the dish can enhance its flavor and provide some of these benefits.

8. Fresh curly parsley

The chopped fresh curly parsley used as a garnish not only adds a pop of color but also offers a number of health benefits. Parsley is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamin C and vitamin K. It can help reduce oxidative stress, support bone health and contribute to a healthy immune system.

Tip: remaining stock

Don’t let the leftover broth go to waste! You can make a hearty broth from this by adding more shredded cabbage, lentils, and shredded pieces of leftover bacon. This broth provides additional fiber, protein, and vitamins, making it a nutritious and filling meal.

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