Favorite New Year’s Day Recipes | Beer & Bacon Cabbage

There are 2 things that I must have on New Year’s Day. Of course, black eyed peas (check out my fav recipe here), but also my favorite cabbage made with a great stout beer and bacon. It doesn’t get much better than that! This recipe is something my parents found back with Emeril Lagasse had his prime time show back in the 90s. It has stuck with our family ever since.

Emeril’s Favorite Cabbage (with beer and bacon)

  • 1/2 pound bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 head green or white cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer

Directions

Cook the bacon in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, until browned and slightly crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, salt, cayenne, black pepper, sugar, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and stir to mix well. Cook, stirring, until the cabbage just begins to wilt or soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the beer. Stir to mix.

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove the bay leaves. Remove from the heat and serve warm.

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (prep: 15 minutes)

Serves: 8-10

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