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Smothered Cabbage

Rated as 4.57 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 ...

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.

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 ...