I brought this dish to a neighbor’s Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. It’s a crunchy, tart, and autumnal counterpoint to the richness of the “traditional” Thanksgiving feast. Since then we’ve discovered how well it accompanies pork chops and roasts -- and not bad as a main dish for Sunday night supper! —ChefJune
Test Kitchen Notes
This recipe went great with grilled pork tenderloin! I loved the crunchy texture, which was a nice departure from the typical softer version. I would definitely make this again, though I would halve the bacon and gorgonzola because I felt it overpowered the cabbage and dressing. It should be noted that my father, a red cabbage enthusiast, thought it was perfect and would not change a thing. —EmilyS1220
6 to 8 servings
thick-cut smoked bacon (I use Nueske’s)
extra-virgin olive oil (I use a fruity Spanish one)
red wine vinegar (I like Heinz)
clover honey, warmed
finely chopped garlic
each coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
finely shredded red cabbage (you’ll need a good-sized head)
crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (not dolce)
In This Recipe
In a large sauté pan, brown and crisp bacon. Drain on paper towels. Roughly chop bacon and set aside. Pour off 1/4 cup bacon fat and whisk together with the olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Adjust seasoning to your taste.
Save remaining bacon fat for another use.
Clean the sauté pan. Pour the dressing into the pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add cabbage. Stir and toss until just warmed through. Add bacon and toss to combine. Put everything into a warmed serving dish and top with the crumbled gorgonzola.