What Is a Good Recipe for a Boiled Cabbage and Ham Dinner?


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This boiled cabbage and ham recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare and is ready to eat in just over 2 hours. It includes ham, onion, potatoes and cabbage to make a flavorful comfort food for any occasion.

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What Is a Good Recipe for a Boiled Cabbage and Ham Dinner?
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Boiled Ham and Cabbage

This recipe is large enough to provide plenty of leftovers and makes good use of leftover ham. It yields 6 to 8 servings.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Ready in: 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 8 to 12 pounds of ham or smoked pork shoulder
  • 6 to 8 small onions, peeled
  • 6 to 8 small red potatoes
  • 6 to 8 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 to 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)
  • 1 to 2 turnips or 1 to 2 rutabaga, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)
  • 1 medium cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 12 to 15 whole cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter
  • Cold water
  1. Remove the skin from the ham or pork shoulder. Stud the ham with the cloves, making sure they are distributed evenly.
  2. Place the ham and onions in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the ham to a boil over medium heat and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add all the vegetables except for the cabbage. Raise the heat and bring the mixture back to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are almost cooked through.
  4. Add the cabbage and bring the mixture to a boil once again. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked, but not too soft.
  5. Once cooked through, remove the vegetables using a large slotted spoon. Lift the ham onto a platter and carve into suitable serving sizes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with butter, if desired.
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