Fried cabbage is a whole lot like so many other things we 'fry' in the South...fried apples, fried corn. We call it fried, but it's not really what someone not from the South would probably consider fried. It is cooked a whole lot like fried corn though. My recipe is sort of my own version and not completely traditional, but it is so good and it's really simple. Here is what you will need:
4-5 strips of bacon
2 Tbs. butter
1 sweet onion, diced (I like to use Vidalia onions if available)
1/2 red or green bell pepper, diced (optional)
1 small head of cabbage or 1/2 large head of cabbage, rough chopped
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
In large skillet with a lid, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon to a plate and add the butter to the bacon drippings. Add the diced onion and bell pepper. The bell pepper is my addition and is completely optional, but I think it adds some really good flavor and color to this dish. Saute on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
Add the chopped cabbage and toss to coat with the butter and bacon drippings. Stir fry until the cabbage starts to get tender. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper to your taste. Pour 1/2 cup water in the pan around the cabbage and cover to steam it until just tender for about 20-25 minutes. I don't like my cabbage cooked to death. I like for it to still have a little body to it. If you like yours cooked down more than this, just cook it a little longer.
When it's done, place in a bowl and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon. I actually like mine with a little soy sauce or some hot sauce on it and some like vinegar, but it's good just like this.