Monday, November 1, 2010

Scalloped Cabbage Casserole

Creamed cabbage, seasoned with bacon and onion and baked in a white sauce is a delicious and favorite southern dish.
Creamed cabbage, seasoned with bacon and onion and baked in a white sauce is a delicious and favorite southern dish.

Scalloped Cabbage

Love cabbage like me? Then I think you'll love this recipe for escalloped creamed cabbage. When I make this, I could eat the whole thing. Oh wait. Since my husband won't give cabbage a second look, I actually do always eat the whole thing! Okay, well, now... not all at once of course.

Seriously though, this dish has been a long held holiday favorite for us cabbage lovers. A casserole made with cabbage, onion, bacon and a nice buttery white sauce, how could it not be? Now, just like the potatoes of the same name, this cabbage casserole when made with a plain white sauce, is what I consider to be "scalloped," or I guess in the more proper old school way, escalloped.

When cheese is added, I call that au gratin.

Not sayin' that's right or wrong, it's just what I grew up with, and how I set the two apart from one another.

I put the cabbage in a large bowl and microwave it covered for about 10 minutes to pre-cook it, but if you don't own a microwave, just simply steam it over boiling water until tender instead.

I like to use Cavender's Greek seasoning with cabbage. It's a great all-purpose seasoning that has something like 13 separate seasonings and herbs in it. You can substitute plain salt and pepper or use a seasoning salt instead.

Some folks make this with good ole cream of whatever soup - typically cream of chicken - and y'all know I love and use my cream of whatever soups, so certainly feel free to substitute that for the white sauce if you prefer. 

Take into account for the sodium though, and adjust your seasonings as needed so that you don't oversalt. When using cream soup, folks add in about a cup of mayonnaise and a half stick of melted butter.

To top this casserole I've just put a bit of breadcrumbs, but a classic cracker crumb topping with melted butter is often used and sometimes tossed with shredded cheese.

Here's how to make my Cabbage Casserole with a homemade white sauce.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish; set aside. Cook bacon in a skillet, drain, chop and set aside. In the same skillet, sauté the onion until soft. Remove and set aside.

I usually parcook cabbage when I'm using a large amount for a casserole. It just never seems to get tender enough with a shorter cook time, and a longer cook time seems to turn it, well, sort of greyish tone.

Place the cabbage in a large bowl, sprinkle generously with the Greek seasoning, toss, and sprinkle with additional seasoning. Top with butter slices, cover and microwave on high for 10 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to the prepared baking dish.

Taste and adjust seasonings.

Sprinkle the top with the sauteed onion, then the bacon.

Prepare the white sauce by adding the additional 1/4 cup of butter to the skillet drippings; stir in the flour. Cook and stir over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Add in the milk, stirring briskly, until all of the milk is fully incorporated, and mixture begins to thicken. Add the Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper; taste and adjust seasonings. 

Pour the white sauce over the top of the cabbage, onion and bacon. 

Sprinkle top lightly with dried breadcrumbs, or mix crackers with some melted butter and cheese to top.

Bake at 350 degrees F, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until casserole is hot and bubbly and cabbage is cooked through.

Pass hot sauce at the table and dig in!


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