Caribbean Cabbage Recipe

Step 1

Brown pork steaks in butter, margarine or oil. Set aside to cool. Deglaze skillet with 2 T water. Pour liquor into a 4 qt pot. Cut carrots into 1/8" thick slices. Add to pot and set pot over medium heat. Add chicken stock, garlic salt, allspice, salt and pepper to pot. Remove any bones from the pork steaks and cut them crosswise into 1/4" wide strips. Add the pork strips to the pot. Core and coarsely chop the cabbage. Add to pot. Stir well to mix all the ingredients. Cover the pot and allow the meat and vegetables to steam for a few minutes, but not too long. The carrots and cabbage should still be somewhat crisp (al dente) when served. Serve with steamed rice.

Step 2

OPTIONS: Alter spices any way you like. Add, delete or substitute any of the ingredients. This dish is versatile, fast, easy and very inexpensive.

This is the first thing I ever cooked that had more than one ingredient. It dates back to my college days (early 60's) when neither I nor my roommates, had much money. We had to build meals for four hungry guys on a budget that allowed less than five bucks per meal. One of the group hailed from Jamaica W.I. He devised this recipe based (loosely) on something his grandmother prepared. It cost less than two bucks to feed us all. Needless to say we started eating a variation of this recipe almost every night. On Friday night we spent the money we had saved to buy the five basic food groups (chili dogs, fries, pizza, burgers and beer). Today, thirty years later, this recipe will still feed four people for less than five dollars and takes less than 20 minutes to make.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 Pork steaks
  • 1 Small cabbage head
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1c Chicken stock or broth
  • 1/4ts Garlic salt
  • 1tb Ground Allspice
  • Salt & pepper; to taste
  • 1tb Butter, margarine or oil
  • 2tb Water for de glazing

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