“I first had boiled dinner at a friends house and I loved it. The first time I made it I used rutabagas I took it to my future hubby's family's house and his family loved it. I don't use rutabagas as they are very hard to cut the skin off. I find the ham with a bone in it is best for flavor, but you can use boneless if preferred. Leftover ham is great to use in this. I serve mine in a bowl with white vinegar sprinkled over top. My family loves boiled dinner and my future hubby loves it made this way.”
5hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 head cabbage, cut into chunks (small to med)
  • water
  • ham (with bone)
  • 16 ounces baby carrots
  • 6 -8 potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut in small chunks (optional)


  1. Place the cut up cabbage in a big pot. Cover the cabbage with water just covering.
  2. Let the cabbage cook on med-high heat until the cabbage is cooked down enough to add the ham bone in all. I cut as much of the ham off the bone before adding to the pot.
  3. Add the carrots and potatoes.
  4. Continue to cook but turn down to low and cook all day. ( I start mine at 12:00pm and cook until 5 or 6:00pm).
  5. Note: You may use 1 medium rutabagas, peeled and cut into small chunks and or parsnips, peele and cut into small chunks.

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