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cabbage

It's cabbage season, and I bought one, but now I don't know what to do with it. Any thoughts are appreicated, with the following caveats:

-I have a stove but no oven because of a kitchen remodel.
-If it's slaw, know that I don't like the sweet mayo variety. A vinagrette slaw is prefered.
-Recipes must not include pork.

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  1. This isn't healthy, but it's delicious.

    Cabbage & Noodles

    1 head cabbage, shredded
    1 Tablespoon salt (approx)
    1/2 pound butter (or less)
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    16 ounces broad egg noodles, cooked
    diced or thinly slivered onion

    1. Wash cabbage and cut finely as possible. Put in bowl and add salt. Mix well. Stand 1-2 hours. Rinse and drain well. Squeeze excess liquid.

    2. Melt 1/2 the butter in saucepan. Add cabbage, onion, sugar, and pepper. Cook on low 1 1/2 hours or until browned. Stir frequently. Add remaining butter at intervals. (I never use it all.) Taste and season.

    3. Add noodles to cabbage and stir until mixed. Heat a few minutes.

    My kids hate cabbage but love this, and this recipe got my husband to start eating cabbage (many moons ago when we were first married). I have occasionally used bagged coleslaw with carrots, etc., in a pinch when I couldn't find heads of cabbage (we live in a small town and don't have the convenience of multiple grocers). I like it with the very shredded carrots in it; adds some nice color to an otherwise blah-looking (but definitely not blah-tasting) dish.

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    1. re: luv2bake

      You can make a batch of modified pizzocheri, using cabbage instead of kale and whole-wheat pappardelle if you can't find the buckwheat. Basically, it's just the pasta with potatoes, cabbage, onions and fontina cheese. And butter, if you want.

      1. re: luv2bake

        I make this recipe, but I add golden raisins to it.

        1. re: luv2bake

          And for an even healthier version use half bacon grease. You get tons of flavor from the pork fat.

        2. Real peasant food, but I love it:
          Saute onion and sliced cabbage, preferably in butter, until they begin to brown. Mix with egg noodles (cooked, of course!), add lots of salt and pepper, and enjoy.

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          1. And I have this yumptious vegetarian dish from my aunt.

            Russian Vegetable Pie

            1 pie crust, top & bottom
            1 head of cabbage, small (approx. 3 cups) shredded
            3 Tablespoons butter (approx - for sauteing)
            4 ounces cream cheese, softened*
            1/2 pound mushroom (more if you like)
            1 yellow onion, chopped
            4 hard-boiled eggs, maybe 5, sliced in circles
            dill, to taste
            basil, to taste
            marjoram, to taste
            tarragon, to taste
            salt and pepper, to taste

            Line pie pan w/ crust. Spread softened cream cheese over crust. Over the cream cheese, place the sliced (or chopped) eggs with sprinkle of dill, salt, and pepper. Saute cabbage & onions in butter. Season with basil, marjoram, and tarragon. (Roughly 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of each) Put mixture on top of eggs. Saute mushrooms in more butter. Put on top of cabbage mixture. Pie crust on top and vent. Bake at 400o for 15 minutes then reduce to 350o for another 20-25 minutes. The top should be golden to the center of the crust. If not, leave it in a little longer.

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            1. re: luv2bake

              it looks alot like my memory of the original Moosewood cookbook from the 70's! (called: Russian vegetable pie!)

              1. re: NYchowcook

                It probably is. She loves that Moosewood cookbook.

            2. I have a bamboo steamer and what I like to do is use cabbage as a liner when I steam stuff like dumplings or vegetables. I'll typically eat the cabbage afterwards as well.

              1. Anybody use any creative seasonings for cabbage and noodles?

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                1. re: yayadave

                  To me I love caraway seeds sauteed into the dish.

                  In fact, when my house was being remodeled I only had an electric skillet to cook in. Sometimes we prepared sliced sausage from Trader Joe's [large selection], onions, cabbage and caraway seeds.

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    I love cabbage cooked in a skillet with onion, bacon, and caraway seeds. I first had this preparation at a German friend's house and have been making it ever since.