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Meat Lite: Cabbage Apple Casserole

Editor's note: Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by their book, Almost Meatless.

In this casserole, a stint in a hot oven draws out the roasty sweetness hidden within every head of cabbage. Some sweet-tart apples and smoky bacon bring all the flavors into harmony. You'll be surprised how little bacon it takes to infuse the whole dish with meaty complexity, but if you prefer a vegetarian version, substitute 2 tablespoons of olive oil for the bacon and use veggie stock instead of chicken stock.

About the author: Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at

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