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Smothered Cabbage

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"This down-home dish is a family favorite. The addition of a ham hock and pork shank add richness and a depth of flavor that can't be beaten. It's perfect for a holiday or everyday meal, and leftovers freeze well."
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3 h 35 m servings 188
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine water, ham hock, and pork shank in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until meat is cooked through, about 2 hours. Drain and set meat aside to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove meat from pork shank, chop into bite-sized pieces, and place in a bowl. Remove skin and meat from ham hock, chop into very small pieces, and add to the bowl, omitting skin if you prefer.
  3. Heat bacon drippings in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Add 1/4 of the cabbage to the hot skillet and saute until slightly wilted, about 3 minutes. Add 1/4 of the meat mixture. Add another 1/4 of the cabbage, cooking until slightly wilted, about 3 minutes, followed by another 1/4 of the meat mixture. Repeat until all cabbage and meat have been added. Season with salt and pepper. If mixture sticks to the skillet, add 1 to 2 tablespoons chicken broth.
  4. Slowly add remaining chicken broth to the cabbage-meat mixture in the skillet, give it a good stir, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until cabbage is tender, 30 to 45 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The ham hock skin adds lots of flavor, but feel free to omit if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 188 calories; 12.8 9.4 9.6 34 454 Full nutrition

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I had to put something together quick for an unexpected guest so I substituted the ham hock and pork shank for some leftover pork sausages. I also added half an onion and because I like my food ...

Don't discard the lovely ham & pork broth! Scoop the shank & hock out, pick off the meat, then put the rind, fat and bones back into the broth, add a splash of white vinegar and simmer on low ...

Can't wait to try it.... Is there any way to do it in an instant pot?

This soup is delicious and perfect for the cold weather.

I would make this again. I added fresh zucchini and it was delicious.

I didn't make any changes. Everyone loved it.