Potato, Cabbage, Bacon and Parsnip Goodness


1/2 head cabbage, shredded
4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large onion, cut in half and sliced into rings
4 clove garlic, minced
2 parsnips, peeled and diced
4 slices of thick cut bacon cut into 1-2 inch strips
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon paprika (preferably the hot Hungarian kind)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown bacon in a large pan or Dutch oven. Scoop out and remove. Saute onions and garlic in drippings on medium high heat until they start to turn brown (about 10 minutes). Add potatoes, turnips and 1/3 cup water and some salt. Cover. Cook for about 30 minutes stirring frequently so it does not burn. Add cabbage, salt, pepper, paprika, caraway seeds, and 1/3 water. Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the cabbage is tender.

My thoughts:

My husband, Matt, made this last night at dinner (he also wrote up the recipe for me, so I take no responsibility for its content) in response to my mother dropping off 1/2 a head of cabbage. It is so yummy, but we are a total lost as to what to call it. I thought it felt British (cabbage, parsnips, potatoes, bacon) but Matt insists it is more Eastern European (caraway seeds, cabbage, potatoes). So it has no real name, but it is goodness itself. The flavors compliment each other, and if you are squeamish about cooking in bacon fat, you can drain all or some of it and replace with less heart-stopping olive oil.


  1. So have a “name that dish” contest. Everyone who makes/tries it gets to submit a name?

    It looks yummy. Reminds me of ‘lazy’ cabbage rolls.

  2. There’s nothing wrong with a little bacon fat. I once made a potato salad recipe courtsey of Paula Dean. The directions had you frying up bacon for the salad then drizzeling the drippings over the potato salad. While it was so unhealthy it was sooo good. Mmmm bacon fat.

  3. mmm…Bacon!

  4. Oh my goodness that looks so good. I wish it was somewhere in my new diet plan to eat that. I want all the cranberry yumminess too.


  5. Today, I fell in love with your cooking!

  6. Just that list of ingredients evokes the perfect fall meal. It would be totally perfect for a rainy day like today.

  7. This looks so wonderful…and bacon makes it more wonderful.


  8. ooh bacon fat. 🙂

  9. Yum — that looks fantastic.

  10. This recipe reminds me of halushka. Pure comfort food. You can’t go wrong with cabbage in any recipe ion my opinion.The pic is great!