2005: Oh so good! And the perfect match for grilled chops. This cabbage dish is again inspired by StephenCooks who reminds me on occasion that not all the recipes on his site require tons of time and attention -- and if I didn't believe him before, I would now!
I loved this cabbage and the leftovers got tucked into reuben sandwiches with corned beef, caraway cheese and Thousand Island dressing. Wonderful!
2010: This is such a great technique for cooking cabbage. The cabbage cooks quickly and easily, the small bit of ginger is a pleasant surprise. There's almost a 'fresh sauerkraut' sense to it.
RECIPE for MICROWAVE CABBAGE & ONION with APPLE & GINGER
Hands-on time: 15 minutes to start, 5 minutes to finish
Time to table: 65 minutes but Stephen recommends letting rest for a day
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons vinegar (white vinegar is fine, in 2010 I used apple cider vinegar)
2 teaspoons minced ginger (I love this Asian ginger from a jar, StephenCooks minces a two-inch piece of ginger)
1 - 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter (see KITCHEN NOTES)
1 large onion, diced or sliced
1/2 a medium head of cabbage, cored and chopped roughly, about 1 pound
1 tart apple, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons jam/jelly
Mix the water, vinegar, ginger and butter in an eight-cup microwave-able bowl. Stir in the onion and cabbage. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and cook in the microwave for 20 - 30 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes and then every 5 minutes. (Do watch the time. Microwaves vary, 30 minutes works for StephenCooks but was about 5 minutes too long in mine in 2005 and 10 minutes too long in 2010.)
Stir in the apple and jam/jelly. Season to taste with salt. Season to taste with Tabasco (I used about 4 drops). Cover and LET REST for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
2005: I would definitely try a bag of shredded cabbage another time)
2005: StephenCooks uses 3 tablespoons fat, I used 2 but thought 1 would work. 2010: One tablespoon olive oil worked great.