Celebrate Kale Month With Delicious Cabbage-Cheddar Casserole!

February’s reputation isn’t just as the shortest month of the year.  To ancient cultures, February was critically important.  In fact, the month’s name comes from the Latin februum, meaning “purification.”  February 15 marked the ancient Romans’ annual purification and fertility rite of Lupercalia.  The rite began in a cave with a sacrificed goat and ended with two youths using the goat skins to strike female bystanders, ensuring fertility.  Other ancient cultures celebrated February in a more practical fashion.  The Anglo-Saxons, in particular, celebrated February as Kale-monath, or the month when kale and cabbage began to sprout after the winter frosts.

To celebrate Kale-monath, Kyocera brings you this nontraditional cabbage side dish packed with flavor!  If you shy away from cabbage and its distinct flavor, this is the dish for you.  It makes a great complement to corned beef, roast chicken, or pork tenderloin.

CABBAGE-CHEDDAR CASSEROLE

INGREDIENTS:

1 green cabbage

1 small onion

6–8 slices bacon, diced

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 can cream of celery soup (10.5 ounces)

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Pepper

2 cups bread crumbs, preferably fresh

3 tbsp butter, melted

1 tbsp parsley

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Lightly grease a 3-quart casserole dish.

Use Kyocera’s Santoku knife to chop the onion and parsley.  Then cut the cabbage into 4 wedges and remove the core.  Thinly slice each cabbage wedge widthwise.  Add the cabbage to a large saucepan and cover with water.  Cover the saucepan and simmer until tender, 10–12 minutes.  Drain cabbage and set aside.

In a separate pan, heat the vegetable oil.  Sauté the onion and bacon until the onion is tender.  Add the cooked onion and bacon to a bowl, along with the soup, milk, mayonnaise, and pepper.  Add the cabbage and mix well.

In a separate bowl, toss together bread crumbs, melted butter, and parsley.  Sprinkle one-third of the crumb mixture over the bottom of the casserole dish.  Top with the cabbage mixture.  Layer cheese over top and sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top of cheese.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.



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