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Traditional Bacon and Cabbage with Mustard Sauce

Bord Bia

This is comfort food at its best 

Traditional Bacon and Cabbage with Mustard Sauce 

Serves 4-6 

Ingredients

  • 1½kg loin of bacon
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 teasp. peppercorns
  • 1kg cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 tablesp. butter

Topping

  • 1 tablesp. mustard
  • 1 tablesp. oven-dried breadcrumbs
  • ½ tablesp. brown sugar
  • Knob of butter

Mustard Sauce

  • 50g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 1 tablesp. mustard
  • 250ml mixture cooking liquid and cream 

To Cook

To Cook: Place the joint in a large saucepan. Add chopped vegetables and peppercorns. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for approximately 20 minutes per ½ kg. Set oven to Gas Mark 6, 200ºC (400ºF). Remove the joint from the saucepan. Reserve liquid. Remove the rind and score the fat. Place the joint on a roasting dish. Spread with mustard and breadcrumbs, sugar and a knob of butter. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

To Make the Sauce: Melt the butter, add the flour and mustard. Cook for a minute or two. Whisk in the cooking liquid and cream. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Taste for seasoning. The sauce should have the consistency of thin cream. Keep warm.

To Cook the Cabbage: Place the cabbage in a saucepan and barely cover with some of the reserved cooking liquid. Bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain well and toss in butter. Season to taste. Slice the bacon and serve on the bed of cabbage, a little of the mustard sauce and of course floury potatoes.