Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Cheap Recipe with Ham instead of Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day
An alternative to corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day
After finding cabbage on sale for 49 cents per head--yes, 49 cents per head, not per pound!--I thought about how I was going to fix it. Being so close to St. Patrick's Day, I thought about making cabbage and corned beef. However, after looking at the prices of the corned beef in the grocery store, I decided to go a cheaper route. I had some leftover ham in the freezer. I could cook it with the cabbage and come up with something tasty, I was sure. I could add potatoes, too, and have an almost traditional St. Patrick's Day meal . . . only cheaper.
Cabbage, potatoes, and ham. I found these to be a great combination. I added a few more veggies and spices, coming up with a tasty dish. Carrots are great in this dish, too!
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Ingredients for crock pot cabbage
1 head cabbage, cut into quarters
4 potatoes, preferably red or yellow, skins on, cut into chunks
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped, or 1 cup baby carrots (I prefer the babies!)
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup water (or more if you want more juice created)
Several pieces of ham
Caraway seeds sprinkled on top
Caraway tea, anyone?
Did you know that you can make tea from caraway seeds? It's easy and a great way to take in a healthy dose of caraway. Just add a teaspoon or two of caraway seeds to a cup of boiling water. Let it set for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the seeds out before drinking the tea. I tried this and thought it was basically hot water with almost a mint flavor. It might be a nice comforting tea to drink in cold weather.
Cut cabbage into quarters and potato into chunks. Put into slow cooker. Chop onion and celery. Add those, along with baby or chopped carrots. Add pepper, dry mustard, and brown sugar. Pour in water and lay pieces of ham on top. Sprinkle it all generously with caraway seeds. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, depending on how cooked you like your cabbage. You may want to adjust your spices, particularly the pepper and caraway seeds, to taste. I usually sprinkle more pepper on my own serving, as I love pepper.
This dish turned out great. The ham I added was just enough to flavor the entire dish, and it was a cheap substitute for corned beef. I'm sold on cabbage, especially when it's on sale. I could just cook a whole slow cooker full of cabbage and enjoy that. The caraway seeds add a nice flavor, too.
What do you think of this recipe?
What are caraway seeds?
I don't remember how I discovered caraway seeds, but I do love them on cabbage. They taste a bit like thyme, but stronger. I think the seeds look pretty appetizing on cabbage, too, dressing it up.
Caraway seeds also have health benefits.They are a source of fiber and antioxidants. They are known to help with digestion and heartburn. They are said to help lower the bad cholesterol in our bodies and also help protect against developing cancer.
Now that sounds like a good deal to me. Besides any health benefits, I've found that caraway seeds are great with cabbage, and I'm eager to try them with more dishes.
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