You know, these catchy, funny blog post titles pop into my deranged mind, and I sit at my desk and laugh about them. Then I type the title into the Title Bar, laugh some more, and then I think of how you will certainly know I’m out of my mind and stop reading my posts. Besides, it’s too hard to do a search for my Cabbage Casserole recipe if the title is “GOT GAS?”
As my dear, tiny, Great Grandmother Addie used to say to LilSis and me while we grandma-sat her on Wednesday nights, “There’s more room on the outside than there is on the inside.”
Why in the world would she say that to two innocent darlings? Well, because one of us was not so innocent. Great Grandmother had her special chair, and the couch we sat on while watching “Green Acres” and “Lost in Space” was behind her and to the right. One evening, I decided to try out my new fart noise I’d learned at school that day–the one where you place your palm flat against your mouth and blow. Hey, it was cool and it sounded like the real deal, kind of like after you’d had a good batch of cabbage casserole. GG Addie, being hard of hearing, snapped her face to the right, cut her eyes at us and said, “Sounds like SOMEBODY needs the slop jar.”
Oh my gosh, LilSis and I about bust a gut laughing at what she said. This was in the seventies, and how long had slop jars been out of existence at that point? She was almost 90 at the time, and I’m sure she hadn’t used one of those in FOREVER!
Alas, there’s a lot of wisdom in those words about more room on the outside than on the inside, especially at this time of year when the Landry’s garden produces beautiful green goodness like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Last night while I sat in my spot at a televised parish board meeting, the green gases rumbling around in my lower unit, I smiled when I thought about her words, even though I was mortified that these gases might make their TV debut. As the Cajuns say, “Poo-yie!”
My mom, Donna, was neither a bayou person nor a Cajun, but somewhere along the way, she found this recipe for cabbage casserole. It’s so easy, that if you like cabbage and want a new way to cook it, then shame on you if you don’t try this one out.
All you need is:
~~ INGREDIENTS ~~
One medium head of cabbage
One medium onion
One pound of lean ground beef
One can tomato soup
1/2 soup can of water
Salt and Pepper
Preheat Oven to 300 degrees.
Brown the beef and onion in heavy skillet, then drain. Add salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cut cabbage into bite-size pieces, and heat soup and water in saucepan.
Layer in deep casserole dish, alternating cabbage and meat.
Pour soup over top of cabbage and meat.
Cover and bake 60-70 minutes.
(For New Year’s Day, I served with black-eyed peas and cornbread.)
So, here are the photos!
This is Mr. Landry’s French Garden, see the little sign? That says Chinese Cabbage, and that is what I used in my recipe (although the recipe calls for regular cabbage).
Brown the meat and onions.
Bite-size pieces of cabbage in bottom of casserole dish.
Cabbage Casserole done and ready to eat! Yum!
So, for an easy, economical, healthy and delicious meal, head on out and grab yourself a head of cabbage!
But just remember, “There’s more room on the outside than on the inside.”