I just love simple recipes. Today’s recipe, a cabbage, apple, and onion saute is one of my absolute favorite side dishes. Just 4 ingredients (5 if you add salt) of napa cabbage, apple, and onion cooking in bacon grease. Oh my word, it is heaven in a skillet.
Now before you go clicking on the x because I said bacon grease, hear me out. Bacon grease has been demonized but honestly, it’s pretty darn good for us. Bacon fat is more monounsaturated fat than saturated fat (surprise!), a source of phosophatidyl choline a powerful antioxidant, and is heat stable. (source) We want heat stable fats! Olive oil and other fats tend to turn carcinogenic (cancer causing) when expose to even low amounts of heat. Olive oil is great to put on top of a salad, not so healthy to cook with. The most important part about cooking with bacon grease is that it tastes great. Healthy food is allowed to taste good, I promise.
To make this, I like to layer the onion on the bottom so it carmelizes a bit then the cabbage and apple. Stir it around frequently until the cabbage starts to darken and become soft. You can cook it until it’s as soft as you like your vegetables. I usually saute this for around 8 minutes and the cabbage still has a slight bit of crunch to it. Taste as you go and cook it until it reaches the level of doneness you like your veggies.
Cabbage Apple Onion Saute
- 1/2 head napa cabbage
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 1 gala apple
- 1 tbsp bacon grease
- salt, to taste
- In a large skillet ( I love the flavor cast iron gives), on medium heat, melt bacon grease.
- Rough chop cabbage and apple, and finely chop onion.
- Layer onions on the bottom then cabbage and apple. Let cook for about 2 minutes. Then start stirring so that everything cooks evenly.
- Cook until desired "doneness." Salt if you feel it needs it.