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Cabbage in Bacon Grease

Sometimes a great leftover becomes the key ingredient to a brand new delicious dish. I love looking at what I have in the fridge after a dinner party or in the cupboard after a weekend of company. You never know what kind of inspiration you might find.

Now, Local Pig is one place you never risk being uninspired. But it was an afterthought and a byproduct that served as the base of one fantastic side dish.

After cooking up some of their savory brown sugar jalepeno bacon, I decided the smokey wonderful grease was too good to toss out. So the next day I got a head of cabbage and went to work. Just a little of that wonderful bacon fat, some onion, cabbage, sugar and vinegar and I had the perfect side.

Get some of Local Pig’s wonderful bacon, or some from you local market, and give it a try!

Cabbage in Bacon Grease

1 small head green cabbage, shredded
3 tablespoons bacon fat
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Wash cabbage. For shredding begin by cutting cabbage into quarters. Cut by making thin slices across the cut sides of the cabbage. Discard core and any tough ribs. Heat bacon fat in a large cast iron Dutch oven. Add cabbage and stir just until glistening. Lower heat and add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking and turning until cabbage is just tender. Finish by tossing in vinegar.

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