Napa Cabbage and Leeks

3:45 PM

Do you want a new side dish that is easy and quick?

My husband is a big fan of cabbage. and I try to make it as often as I can.  He loves Cole Slaw, Cabbage Rolls, Sauteed Cabbage; you name it, and if it has cabbage in it, he is happy.   It is fairly inexpensive and easy to cook as a side dish or added to a main dish.

Occasionally, I buy napa cabbage to change up it up some.  Napa cabbage is a great substitute for any recipe that calls for cabbage.

Napa cabbage, also known as celery cabbage, is a type of Chinese cabbage used in Asian cuisine and has a milder sweeter taste than regular cabbage. 

I happened to have some leeks on hand that pare well with the napa cabbage, so I decided to add them along with some English peas.

Sometimes the best dishes come about when you use what you have on hand in the pantry or refrigerator. I call these dishes Hallelujah Dishes!

My husband enjoyed the dish.  It was easy to make and will be added to the list of other cabbage dishes I will making for him!

Napa Cabbage and Leeks

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 oz. lean ham (bacon, salt pork, or Ekerd's sausage) finely diced
3 medium leeks, white and light green only
8 cups napa cabbage, cored and sliced
4-6 oz. chicken (or vegetable) broth
16 oz frozen English peas, thawed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

Slice the leek just below the really dark green part; discard dark green part.

Add leeks to a bowl of water and wash thoroughly; drain.

In large skillet, heat olive oil and ham until ham is heated through.

Add leeks, cabbage, English peas, and broth.

Cook until cabbage is tender; not very long.

Salt and pepper to taste.

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Kay Little
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  1. Hi, I'm over from 5 Minutes...
    this looks sooo good.
    xo bj

  2. Yum. Gonna have to try this minus the ham...I don't do meat! :)

  3. looks like an interesting dish!
    will try that sometime. :)

    thanks for sharing at Food Friday!
    happy weekend

  4. I love new veggie dishes and we are huge cabbage fans too! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper!

  5. This look delish - voting for you in It's party time at It's so very cheri! Love PC

  6. HI! I am here from OTMM at Yvonne's and had to comesee this. My daughter's MIL is Filipino and just made a very similiar dish that I LOVED! I will try this. Thanks so much for the printable recipe! Makes life so much easier:):) XO, Pinky

  7. I have been meaning to experiment with leeks. This looks like a good place to start! Thanks for sharing!

  8. That sounds really delicious. I buy that cabbage a lot for Asian salads but I will have to try cooking it like this next time I buy some.

    You sure do have a comprehensive list of memes in your link. I'm going to have to bookmark that page for future reference. Thanks for including me on the list and for joining in with my link up.

    Best wishes and happy week,

  9. This sounds really good! I have some cabbage in my fridge just waiting to be used up - this looks like the perfect recipe. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  10. It looks fantastic and sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  11. This looks delicious, I'll have to try it! Love your blog, am a new follower :).

  12. I dearly love cabbage and am always looking for ways to try different recipes. Thank you for sharing yours. This looks delicious.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  13. Looks delish.

    Thanks for sharing with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  14. Stopping by from Food Trip Friday! I love cabbage, thanks for sharing this recipe :)

    The Twerp and I

  15. Yum! This sounds like a great side dish. Thanks!

  16. This looks great, my family loves cabbage!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Fusion Fridays! Come back next Friday to see my favorites and to link up again!

    Have a great weekend!

  17. I love to have a new side dish and we love cabbage! This looks like something I would create...haha. We call it "refrigerator cooking". My kids say that they hated it when my husband had to cook cause they would just open the refrigerator and start dumping whatever he could find into a skillet or casserole. But in the end, it always tasted good. What they don't know is that I did it all the time too...teehee. I just would label it with a special name and say my grandmother used to make it...haha.

  18. K,
    What a great vegetable dish. We just love the flavor of Nappa Cabbage in a combination with the leeks this would be so good. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. Thank you so much for linking your recipe up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. The party will start again shortly! :)

  20. Cabbage and Leeks sound great together! Thanks for linking up to Fat Camp Friday. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you next time!

  21. These look so interesting! I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for linking this to Foodie Friday too! -NYOA


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