Quick-Quick. Name March's top vegetable. What, you give up? It's cabbage, of course! Yep, during March, the grocers put big heads of cabbage out there front and center – all famous-like, as prominent as avocados in January and pumpkins in October.
And yeah-yeah, I know that many of you are scoffing at the idea of "crazy good" cabbage. But the thing is, cooked cabbage is crazy good and it's too bad that mostly, cabbage is relegated to coleslaw. So give cabbage a chance, cooked and crazy-good, remember!
RECIPE for CRAZY-GOOD COOKED CABBAGE
Time to table: 90 minutes
Makes 3 cups
1/2 half head green cabbage
Soaking water with 1 tablespoon table salt
1 inch salted water
1/2 teaspoon ground or whole caraway
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, chopped small
1 teaspoon good mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sour cream
SOAK CABBAGE IN SALTED WATER 30 MINUTES Remove the outer leaves, then slice the core out of the center in a large V cut. Cut the half into four sections, then soak for 30 minutes in salted water. Drain water and with a knife, cut into thin-as-possible ribbons.
COOK CABBAGE IN SEASONED WATER Fill a large pot with 1" of water, add the caraway. Add the cabbage ribbons and bring to a boil, cover and let cook until just soft, about 5 minutes. Drain water away, setting cabbage aside.
MAKE SAUCE In the same pot, melt the butter and onion, saute just until soft. Add the cabbage, mustard, salt and pepper and cook just until soft, another 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and sour cream. Adjust seasoning and serve.
TO SERVE I found the cabbage good hot from the stove, at room temperature and even leftover, the next day, plain cold from the fridge.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
BE GENTLE ON THE DISHWASHER If you like, use the same pot for soaking and cooking the cabbage.
IS SOAKING THE CABBAGE NECESSARY? Funny story. Chances are, this is an old recipe because I once had a reader who reported that the reason cabbage is soaked in salted water is this: to "clean it of any critters that might have set up housekeeping in there". Ha! Want to know more? Dear Anonymous: This Is Why We Blog. In this case, the cabbage is also hydrated in salted water so there's some seasoning too. But next time, I'll skip the soaking step and just put the cabbage straight into boiling (but salted) water with caraway.
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