Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet Recipe – Hearty Winter Fare

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Winter was almost ignoring us here in south central Pennsylvania:  not too frigid and hardly any snow, and heck, I even wore shorts last week. Well, indoors, at least.  Then that stupid groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, signaling six more weeks of winter. And then, someone must have passed the message along to Winter,  because it started paying attention again. Now everything’s completely white, and it got cold. I hate groundhogs and I hate cold weather and snow, but hey, at least the food’s good. Perfect for a cold winter’s day, Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet is hearty and filling, but still budget friendly.  Oh, and delicious.

Serve this quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet recipe with mashed potatoes or some crusty rolls and butter for a simple, comforting meal.

*Edit 2/13/2015: New photo, ground pork was substituted -Heather*

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet: This simple meal is easy on the budget, simple to make and tastes great.

To be honest, the first time I cooked this combination of ingredients, I was being kind of selfish: I love cooked cabbage, and I thought I was kind of alone in that. At least, I knew my husband hated cabbage rolls, and although this has no rice or tomato, and is almost completely unlike cabbage rolls in any way, aside from the cabbage and meat, I still felt as if I was throwing caution to the wind.  I was amazed. My husband kept saying how much he liked it, so he could be sure I’d make it again. Talk about win-win. And cheap-cheap, too. Cabbage was recently as low as 49 cents per pound at my favorite store, and even when it’s not “on sale” it’s still one of the best deals in the produce department. Learn to love cabbage  and your budget will love you.

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet Recipe

[printable recipe below this one]

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion
  • an approximately 2 pound head of green cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  •  2 bay leaves

Choose a large, heavy skillet or pot with a lid with a capacity of at least 6 quarts. I used my 8 quart stock pot, which gave me plenty of stirring about room. Set it over medium heat, and add the ground beef.

Peel and coarsely chop the onion, and add it to the meat, stirring it up a bit with a sturdy spoon. Stir the meat and onions occasionally while you prepare the cabbage and carrots.

Using a large chef’s knife, cut the head of cabbage in half from the top, through the core, then cut each half again, so you have 4 pieces approximately equal in size. Carefully slice away the core and discard. (If you don’t get all of it, don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe to eat – it’s just a bit tough sometimes.) Roughly chop the cabbage – neatness doesn’t count, cleanliness does, so keep it off the floor. I usually cut the cabbage into approximately one-inch chunks, which works pretty well.

If you have a box grater or other tool for shredding foods, use that for the carrots. Otherwise, just use the chef’s knife and finely chop them. Sometimes, I leave them out if I’m in a huge hurry, or just don’t have carrots.

Once the meat is browned, stir in the salt, pepper, and bay leaves (these are NOT optional – their flavor is essential to the results),  then add the carrots and cabbage. Stir to mix well. Cover and turn heat to low. Cook until
cabbage and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (You shouldn’t need to add any liquid – the juices that cook out of the meat and vegetables should be sufficient, but if it seems dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water. ) Remove bay leaves and discard.

Makes 4 generous servings.

Serve Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet with mashed potatoes or some crusty rolls and butter for a simple, comforting meal.

Need more ideas of what to do with cabbage? Try these recipes:

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet
This simple meal is easy on the budget, simple to make and tastes great.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 large onion
  3. an approximately 2 pound head of green cabbage
  4. 2 large carrots
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Choose a large, heavy skillet or pot with a lid with a capacity of at least 6 quarts. I used my 8 quart stock pot, which gave me plenty of stirring about room.
  2. Set it over medium heat, and add the ground beef.
  3. Peel and coarsely chop the onion, and add it to the meat, stirring it up a bit with a sturdy spoon.
  4. Stir the meat and onions occasionally while you prepare the cabbage and carrots.
  5. Using a large chef's knife, cut the head of cabbage in half from the top, through the core, then cut each half again, so you have 4 pieces approximately equal in size. Carefully slice away the core and discard. (If you don't get all of it, don't worry. It's perfectly safe to eat - it's just a bit tough sometimes.)
  6. Roughly chop the cabbage - neatness doesn't count, cleanliness does, so keep it off the floor. I usually cut the cabbage into approximately one-inch chunks, which works pretty well.
  7. If you have a box grater or other tool for shredding foods, use that for the carrots. Otherwise, just use the chef's knife and finely chop them. Sometimes, I leave them out if I'm in a huge hurry, or just don't have carrots.
  8. Once the meat is browned, stir in the salt, pepper, and bay leaves (these are NOT optional - their flavor is essential to the results), then add the carrots and cabbage.
  9. Stir to mix well. Cover and turn heat to low.
  10. Cook until cabbage and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (You shouldn't need to add any liquid - the juices that cook out of the meat and vegetables should be sufficient, but if it seems dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water. )
  11. Remove bay leaves and discard.
Notes
  1. Serve Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet with mashed potatoes or some crusty rolls and butter for a simple, comforting meal.
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Bobbie Laughman is an elder caregiver, writer and Generally Shy Person, Except On The Internet. She lives and breathes and tries to keep warm and sane in Gettysburg, PA. If you’ve a mind to, contact her at Bobbie@Home-Ec101.com



13 Comments

  1. Joy on February 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Cabbage is one of my favorite veggies and this looks so easy! What a perfect combination! 🙂

  2. Sam on August 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Im trying it tonight with a red cabbage.. not sure how itll turn out but its what i had in the fridge haha..

  3. Angel on January 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I do a similar recipe using Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage and I cook a cup of Quinoa on the side and the blend it in once cooked. So good!

  4. danielle on October 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I bet soy sauce and a little sesame oil would be a good asian kick to it!!

  5. Anon on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Just made this dish after seeing the recipe on Pinterest. I added teriyaki sauce, red wine vinegar, onion, powder, and garlic powder and it was fantastic! Thanks for the idea.

  6. mnbakke on May 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Darn I have everything to make this  but no bay leaves!   Could some other herb work?

    • Bobbie Laughman on May 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Yes, but it will taste quite different. You could just leave the bay leaveas out — I forgot to add them one time and it was still good, but I could tell I’d done something differently.
       
      Other herbs that work well with cabbage and would be worth trying here: Caraway seed. Dill. Cumin. Savory. Hmmm…..maybe oregano? Oh, and I’d just use ONE of these.
       
      I think garlic would also be good in this. I wonder why I never tried that? Garlic could be used together with one of those herbs above.

  7. buyungafrianto on February 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I am more than happy to have come across it.I found it very beneficial. Keep up the good work.

  8. Mrs Mordecai on February 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    That looks excellent! I don’t know why cabbage gets such a bad rap, because it’s really good!

  9. writercook on February 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Mmmm, sounds perfect for this time of year. And more bay leaves! 🙂

  10. SheDan on February 10, 2012 at 1:40 am

    My mom used to make something delicious almost exactly like this only with caraway seeds, not bay leaves. I wonder how different it tastes.

  11. Bobbie Laughman on February 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve never made this recipe with a slow cooker, but it should work. After browning the meat & onions, combine everything in the slow cooker. Don’t add any more liquid. I’d cook it on low for at least 6 hours, and 10 at the most.

  12. sheffi on February 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    can you make this in the slow cooker?

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