Creamed Cabbage with Bacon

This has been a favourite in our house for years!  Cabbage is not usually any child's favourite vegetable but when my kids see this coming to the table they have always given a little cheer.  We do have a house rule in place, "no skimming"!  
Of course bacon makes anything better.  That's why it was disappointing to hear the recent news from the World Health Organization about processed meats being as bad for you as smoking.  However I recently read an article in Time Magazine explaining the WHO's position.  If you eat 50 grams of processed meat every day then you greatly increase you risk of getting cancer.  That is the equivalent of 6 pieces of bacon a day.  
So we have decided we won't eat 6 pieces of bacon a day!  But, once in a while we will enjoy it on our cabbage, in spinach dip, on baked potatoes and maybe even have the odd bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.  Everything in moderation!    
It turns out that a cream sauce is very easy to make gluten free.  The recipe is the same as if you are using regular flour. This works the same if you want to make cheese sauce as well.   Even though you will get a few pots dirty it is still worth it.  I try to make this a bit early then assemble it and either keep it warm with a lid or reheat it just before serving.    




Creamed Cabbage with Bacon

  • 1/2 pkg. bacon
  • 1 medium Cabbage 
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 cup milk
Cut bacon into small pieces, in a frying pan sauté over medium heat until lightly browned.  Lay on paper towel to absorb extra grease.  Shred or chop cabbage, place in large pot and sprinkle with a small amount of salt, add approx 1 cup water.  Cook  over medium-high heat until tender crisp (15 minutes). Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat.  Add flour, salt, and pepper; stir until combined.  Gradually whisk in milk.  Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
 
To assemble, drain cabbage and place in a serving dish.  Pour cream sauce evenly over top and sprinkle with cooked, drained bacon.

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