Napa Cabbage with Warmed Bacon Dressing
- 1 Napa cabbage, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (you’ll need 6-8 cups)
- 8 thick slices of bacon, cut into small strips
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. red wine or cider vinegar
- ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. water
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
Place the cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Add bacon to a medium sauté pan and brown over medium heat, adjusting the heat as needed. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with a paper towel, then pour off all but two tablespoons bacon fat (approximately) from the pan. Set the extra fat aside.
Set the pan over medium low heat; add the flour and stir until smooth. Cook for one minute. Stir in the vinegar and water and bring to a boil. Season with salt. Gradually whisk the egg into the mixture.
Sprinkle the bacon on the cabbage, then pour ¾ of the dressing over the cabbage and toss to mix. Add reserved bacon fat and more dressing as desired. Serve with roasted potatoes, a protein of choice, and perhaps a beer.