Scalloped Cabbage – Retro Recipe

 

Scalloped Cabbage

Scalloped Cabbage is a wonderful dish combining steamed cabbage with chopped green pepper, pimentos, bacon, and cheddar cheese covered in a white sauce with chopped onions and topped with buttered bread crumbs. The original recipe was in Joy of Cooking when I first tried this recipe in the 1970’s. I recently checked the new 75th Anniversary Edition of the Joy of Cooking out of the library and was disappointed to see that this recipe was not included in the latest edition.

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable of the same family that includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts and bok choy. Cabbage is available in US supermarkets year round and it’s a storehouse of powerful antioxidants that are important because they protect against breast, colon and prostate cancers. Cabbage is rich in antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties that scavenge harmful free radicals.

Cabbage is low in fat and calories, with only 44 calories in one cup. Cabbage has a very low glycemic index, which means it doesn’t cause an undesirable rise in blood sugar levels. Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and several B vitamins as well as potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium, all important minerals.

When buying cabbage, choose a fresh, compact, firm, medium-sized head that feels heavy for its size. To prepare, trim off the stem end and discard any withered outer layer leaves. Wash thoroughly in cold running water. Slice the head into two pieces and then slice or chop as needed for the recipe. Cabbage is best used when fresh for maximum nutritional value but it may be kept in the refrigerator for a few days before using.

The Recipe

Scalloped Cabbage
Serves 8
Steamed cabbage dotted with chopped green peppers, pimentos, bacon and cheddar cheese covered in a cream sauce and topped with buttered bread crumbs.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped pimentos
  4. 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  5. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  6. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  7. 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Cream Sauce
  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 tablespoons flour
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 small onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Steam chopped cabbage, drain well. Place layers of drained cabbage in a greased baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle minced ingredients and grated cheese over top of cabbage.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over low heat.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons flour; blend over low heat for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Stir in 1 cup milk slowly. Add 1 small onion, chopped to cream sauce.
  7. Cook until smooth and thickened, then pour over cabbage.
  8. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over low heat. Mix with bread crumbs. Sprinkle buttered bread crumbs over top of cabbage.
  9. Bake Scalloped Cabbage for 10 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted.
Notes
  1. Scalloped Cabbage is only in the oven for 10 minutes so make sure the cabbage is cooked to the way you like it before placing it in the baking dish.
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
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Additional Information

Be sure to steam or otherwise cook the cabbage to the tenderness or crispness that you like prior to putting it in the baking dish because it will only bake for 10 minutes in the oven.

After placing the cabbage in a casserole dish, add the chopped green pepper, chopped pimentos, crumbled bacon and grated cheese.


Make a white sauce and add one small chopped onion to the sauce. When the sauce is smooth and thickened, pour the sauce over the entire baking dish of cabbage. Top the entire casserole with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 375º F. for 10 minutes.

Parting Comments

I can’t encourage you enough to eat some cruciferous vegetables several times a week. Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits. All of the cruciferous vegetables are considered excellent in preventing cancer, particularly breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Serve your family and friends some cruciferous vegetables soon and you’ll be giving them food that not only tastes good but is also healthy for them to eat!

Remember to Savor the Flavor of Cruciferous Vegetables!

Janet

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Unforgettable Chicken Casserole – A Crunchy Delight

 

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole is truly a delightful dish for people who like crunchy foods. Featuring chicken, chopped celery, chopped water chestnuts and slivered or sliced almonds and topped with French fried onion rings, Unforgettable Chicken Casserole provides maximum crunchiness! The main ingredients are bound together with a mixture of sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup.

Reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup and light versions of sour cream and mayonnaise may be used in this recipe without affecting the quality of this dish. If you don’t have time to cook some chicken, pick up a rotisserie chicken from your grocer to use in this casserole.


I’ve had this recipe for some time, in fact, it was featured in the December 2004 issue of Southern Living contributed by Kay Regnier of Winterville, North Carolina. Thanks, Kay, this one’s definitely a “keeper!”

The Methodology

Preheat the oven to 350°F. and grease or spray an 11-inch X 7-inch baking dish. Place the chicken, celery, Cheddar cheese, almonds and water chestnuts in a large bowl. Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup in a smaller bowl and mix together well. 

Add the sour cream mixture to the chicken mixture and mix until well combined. Spoon into a baking dish.

Bake at 350°F. for 40 minutes. Sprinkle onion rings over the top of the casserole evenly. Return Unforgettable Chicken Casserole to the oven for 5 more minutes or until bubbly around the edges. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.

The Recipe

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole
Serves 6
A delicious chicken casserole with crunchy ingredients such as celery, almonds, and water chestnuts, topped off with French fried onion rings.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Chicken, chopped (Can use rotisserie chicken)
  2. 2 cups Celery, finely chopped
  3. 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  4. 1/2 cup Almonds, slivered or sliced
  5. 1 (4-oz.) can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped
  6. 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  7. 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  8. 1 (10 3/4-oz.) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  9. 1 1/2 cups French Fried Onion Rings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray with cooking spray an 11-inch X 7-inch baking pan.
  2. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup together in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chicken, celery, Cheddar cheese, almonds and water chestnuts.
  4. Add sour cream mixture to the chicken mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into the baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle French fried onion rings evenly over the top of the casserole and bake for 5 more minutes, until bubbly around the edges.
  7. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Low sodium cream of chicken soup, light sour cream and light mayonnaise may be used without affecting the quality of this dish.
Adapted from Southern Living
Adapted from Southern Living
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Parting Comments

Casseroles are a staple at family gatherings, church socials and pot-luck suppers as well as appearing on our everyday menus frequently. To my way of thinking, casseroles fall into the “comfort food” category as they usually are just simple fare – a source of protein, some vegetables, often some cheese, perhaps something crunchy like nuts and a binder in some form of liquid or other substance to hold everything together.

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole is great reheated the next day so don’t be afraid the recipe is too large for 2 people. This casserole is so delightful that you won’t have to worry about leftovers!  Bake an Unforgettable Chicken Casserole soon and please those at your table with a distinctive treat!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Scalloped New Potatoes and Leeks

A Brief Background For many years my mother enjoyed and collected Southern Living magazines and their annual cookbooks. One year when I was home for Christmas, Mom and I decided to try  a recipe for Scalloped New Potatoes and Leeks, found in Christmas with Southern Living 1998. We really liked this … Continue reading →