When I thought of cabbage and potatoes, I used to think of Ireland – until I moved to the South, that is. After trying a Cajun-style version of cabbage and potatoes, I never looked back to the Irish kind. The theory is the same: Take simple, inexpensive foods and make them delicious. The Southern-style dish, however, uses spices that I like a lot better. The recipe below for Southern fried cabbage and potatoes is a perfectly comforting (and filling) one-dish meal.
Don't worry – you're not going to be deep-frying cabbage for this recipe. When we say "fried cabbage" in the South, we really mean we're stewing down the cabbage. We start by sautéing the vegetable before we smother it in sauce to let it cook down and soften. Sometimes I'll use beef or chicken in this recipe but using ham is my favorite. It's so flavorful, I don't need to add many spices at all.