New Year Cabbage Soup Recipe
1/2 pound bacon, coarsely chopped
12 cups shredded green cabbage (about 2-1/2 pounds)
1 medium onion, chopped
2-1/2 quarts chicken stock or five (16-oz.) cans broth
1 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons salt (depending on saltiness of broth)
1/2 teaspoon milled pepper
Grated Swiss cheese
In a large stockpot, fry bacon until crisp over medium-high heat. Remove and set aside. To 2 tablespoons drippings in the pan, add the cabbage and onion, reduce heat to medium and saute, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the cabbage is wilted. Do not let it brown.
Add the chicken stock and simmer until the cabbage and onions are tender, stirring often. Remove from heat and transfer 3 cups (mainly cabbage) of soup to a blender and puree. Return to soup pot and stir in the half-and-half, salt and pepper. Serve garnished with crisp bacon and shredded Swiss cheese.
Yield: 14 cups soup
"Cabbage and Sauerkraut - Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable - cabbage leaves are considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency."