Braised Cabbage & Johnny Cakes

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  • Green Cabbage
  • 1 Cup Cajun Trinity (1/2 diced onion, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 green bell pepper)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flake
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Liquid Smoke
  • JohnnyCakes
  • Ingredients
  • 1 & 1/4 cups of cornmeal (I’ve used White and Yellow)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 large Egg (beaten)
  • ½ stick butter + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt



Melt butter on medium heat in large dutch oven and add Cajun Trinity and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and mix to combine.

Add water, liquid smoke, salt & pinch of red pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 1 hour.

Johnny Cakes

Pre-heat shallow skillet. Once skillet is hot, melt 2 Tablespoons butter.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, milk, beaten egg, baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Mix well to combine.

Just before frying, stir in melted butter. The batter will be lumpy.

Pour batter into circles in heated pan. Fry on one side, just until bubbling occurs and is getting golden brown. Then flip and fry for 2 minutes until golden brown.

Set the johnny cakes aside on plate with paper towel, dab away excess oil.

Serve cabbage atop johnny cake.

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