Cabbage has a long history of use both as a food and a medicine. It was developed from wild cabbage, a vegetable that was closer in appearance to collards and kale since it was composed of leaves that did not form a head.
It is thought that wild cabbage was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. It was grown in Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that held it in high regard as a general panacea capable of treating a host of health conditions.
While it's unclear when and where the headed cabbage that we know today was developed, cultivation of cabbage spread across northern Europe into Germany, Poland and Russia, where it became a very popular vegetable in local food cultures. The Italians are credited with developing the Savoy cabbage. Russia, Poland, China and Japan are a few of the leading producers of cabbage today.
Sauerkraut, a dish made from fermented cabbage, has a colorful legacy. Dutch sailors consumed it during extended exploration voyages to prevent scurvy. Early German settlers introduced cabbage and the traditional sauerkraut recipe were introduced into the United States. As a result of this affiliation, German soldiers, and people of German descent were often referred to as "krauts."
Inexpensive dish that will feed the entire family. So good!
Inspired by Kelly O's
1 head green cabbage, sliced
8 ounces egg noodles
2 large onions, sliced
1 pound bacon, diced
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
2 medium potatoes, shredded
3 teaspoons water
In large skillet, add bacon, cook until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towel lined dish, then transfer to a bow, set aside.
Add onions to the skillet, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder, stir, cook until onions are golden. Add potatoes, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder, stir, cook about 8 minutes. Add cabbage, water, salt, pepper and garlic powder, stir, cover, cook until cabbage almost tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
While the cabbage cooks, add noodles to boiling water. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
Add noodles and bacon to the skillet with cabbage, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss well. Enjoy!
Note: Make sure your potatoes are dry before you add them to the skillet.
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