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Jan 30, 2012 04:35 PM

What to do with cabbage

I got inspired when I was at the grocery store recently and purchased cabbage. I've never actually cooked with cabbage before, believe it or not. Any ideas for simple, but delicious ways to prepare?

I was thinking of chopping and sauteeing in a little olive oil with onions and spices. But really, I have no idea what to do. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Cabbage sauteed w /onions (or w/onions and garlic) is delicious. So is cabbage cooked w/all of these plus bacon (or pancetta).

    So is Molly Stevens's braised cabbage:

    And if you want to get decadent, cabbage cooked with cream and a little nutmeg is also delicious.

    1. google Molly Katzen's World's Best Braise cabbage. You will be glad you did.

      1. We had the absolutely simplest cabbage first course last night. Cut cabbage into quarters, remove core. Lay into skillet with water halfway up cabbage, cover and cook until just tender. Remove and drain on towel. Toast or grill bread until it is very brown--a little burned edge is great. Rub with garlic and then drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put cabbage wedge on top, drizzle with more olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve with knife and fork. The subtle sweetness of the cabbage--mine was just plain old green--was wonderful.

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        1. re: escondido123

          Thanks for reminding me of this simple but wonderful prep. Had it today for lunch, thanks to you.

          1. I had never cooked cabbage before last week. Decided to pick up a head and give it a try.'

            I started out thinking I'd microwave it since a Google search turned up many microwave recipes. One of which called for caraway seeds. Well we didn't have any caraway seeds but we did have fennel seeds!

            I thought what the heck I'll try the fennel seeds. But then I thought instead of steaming it in the microwave why not saute/toast the fennel seeds in a pot with some butter, add in the cabbage and continue to saute till all the cabbage has some of butter on it. Oh the aroma of those fennel seeds!

            Then I added just enough water to cover the cabbage, salted and peppered cover and brought to a boil. Then brought down to a simmer and cooked for a mere 5 minutes. During the cooking time I had smokey pre cooked bacon I heated in the microwave till very crispy, two pieces crumbled to 'bacon bits'. When the cabbage was done I drained off about half the water put in a bowl and added in the bacon bits! It was soooo good!

            Cabbage is just so good for us and I really need to get more leafy green veggies into my diet and cabbage looks like an easy prep and cook leafy veggie that makes that easy to do.

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            1. re: crt

              I think the best cabbage dish I ever made was roasted red cabbage and onions. Thickly sliced cabbage, thinly sliced onions, caraway seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper. Hot oven, 20-25 minutes, dressed with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. It was fantastic. If you had one of those mesh grill pans, you could do it on the grill and it would be a perfect side for brats or kielbasa.