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Cabbage with bacon and juniper

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Meat mains

Cabbage with bacon and juniper

Side Serves 4 25 min
Cabbage and bacon are a classic pair, and the garlic and juniper add a bit of extra flavour and fragance. You could also try this with kale. Eat with anything from chicken to chops, or baked eggs to baked aubergine.


  • 1 tbsp dried juniper berries, crushed in a pestle and mortar
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp oil for frying
  • 4 rashers of rindless streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 small to medium cabbage (Savoy or January King are good), tough core removed, leaves shredded
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Use a pestle and mortar (or a rolling pin and small sturdy bowl) to crush the juniper berries, garlic and a teaspoon of salt together.
  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a large pan, add the bacon and fry until it is just starting to brown.
  • Step 3

    Add the cabbage and juniper mixture and fry until the cabbage is just starting to soften but still has some bite (about 5 minutes or so). Season to taste.

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