St Patrick’s Day Recipe: Roast Rack of Bacon, Creamed Cabbage, Mustard & Apple

Hands up who will be some comfort Irish foo tomorrow!
The traditional and super healthy Irish dinner with a joint of bacon or ham, cabbage, kale, and colcannon on the side is always a winner!

Let’s have a look at this recipe from chef Paul Flynn,  which turns a rack of bacon and a head of Savoy cabbage into something worthy of a celebratory feast!


  • 1 x 4 chop rack of bacon (approximately 1kg)
  • 250ml water
  • 1 small head Savoy cabbage, trimmed and finely sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 red apple, cored and sliced
  • 170ml cream
  • 1 tbsp. English mustard
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or honey


1 Preheat your oven to 175 degrees, or equivalent.

2 Put the rack of bacon on a roasting tin, skin side up. Add 250ml water to the tin and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

3 Meanwhile put the cabbage into a pot with the chicken stock, apple, salt, and black pepper.

4 Place a lid firmly on top and bring the cabbage to a fierce boil.

5 After three minutes or so, add the cream and mustard and continue to cook with the lid off so that the liquid reduces and makes a sauce around the cabbage. Reserve and set aside.

6 To finish the bacon, pour the maple syrup (or honey) over the top and put it back in the oven for a further 15 minutes or so to caramelise.

7 Allow the bacon to rest a little, then serve with the creamed cabbage and some potatoes.

Recipe Source: Paul Fynn For The Irish Times