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Walnut Grove Recipes

Sautéed Savoy Cabbage

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1/4 savoy cabbage
  • 150g smoked bacon lardons
  • 50g salted butter
  • 3 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


This dish is very simple but tasty. It can be cooked within 10 to 15 minutes and is fantastic served either as a vegetable dish, with perhaps a traditional roast dinner, or can also be used as part of a composite dish such as pan-fried chicken breast served on a bed of savoy cabbage with a wild mushroom & truffle sauce.

1. Finely slice onions & garlic. Heat a heavy based saucepan or wok, add olive oil then add the onion, garlic, thyme and bacon lardons (bacon sliced into strips) and fry until the bacon is golden brown.

2. Finely shred the cabbage and add to the pan with the butter and continue to cook over a medium heat until the cabbage is just cooked.

3. Season to taste and serve.


Serving Suggestions

As well as the dishes mentioned above this also goes very well with roasted fillet of salmon and is fantastic with most game.

Advanced Preparation

Although all the vegetables and herbs can be pre-sliced/washed beforehand, it is better to cook this dish just before serving to ensure freshness of flavour and colour.

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