Kitchen Basics – Twelve Ways to Use Cabbage

By January 25, 2016Kitchen Basics

 

I love cabbage. It’s versatile and can be used in so many ways. It tastes great and when you get a head of cabbage there’s so much to it that it seems to last forever (in a good way).

Here are some ideas that I think are great.

Borscht is a soup that is a tradition in my family. My Oma used to make it, as did her parents and probably her grandparents too. It’s a humble soup, I think from a time and place where there wasn’t much. It takes simple ingredients, cabbage, potatoes, and beets, and transforms them into something hearty and nutritious. Oh and bonus, it tastes even better the second day.

Cabbage Rolls Cabbage has great sturdy leaves for holding the filling in. The bigger the better for this, unless you’re looking to make some appetizers or little bites. These are a great make ahead dish. You could make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for a day that you’re too tired to cook.

Tuna Boats Cabbage is a great sturdy boat for tuna, but not just that, its sweet flavor is the perfect compliment.

 

Thai Basil and Peanut Soup Shredded cabbage and creamy peanut soup – that’s a great idea.

Veggie Pot Pie is a great way to clean out the fridge. So many great veggies can come together in a pot pie. If I didn’t have anything else on hand, I might even just use cabbage. I like it that much.

Individual Red Cabbage and Apple Tarts As I was saying about the veggie pot pie that would be great with just cabbage, well, this is cabbage and apple, and it’s just divine. So much so that I did an episode of A Cooking Show with Rachel O about it a few years ago.

 

Apples This is a great one for a tired weeknight. It’s easy, yummy, and filling. Plus, the veggie possibilities are kinda endless. I think I’d like this with cabbage and carrots.

Steamed Dinner with Winter Veggies This is a big hearty meal that could feed many. It’s also a great recipe to use when you want to clean out the fridge. The recipe suggests to serve with cornbread or a sourdough bread. I think that sounds like a perfect meal for a cold winter night.

Winter Minestrone Cabbage is a great addition to soups, especially Minestrone.

 

Stir Fry Cabbage can be great in stir fry. It can be as simple as using it to replace the red choi when you don’t have any on hand. Or, you could quickly stir fry some cabbage and onions with chicken or tofu. Dinner in no time!

Hot Napa Slaw Cabbage is great in both hot and cold coleslaws. In this one, the cabbage is reduced down and served as a delicious and savory side. The perfect compliment to a roast. And maybe, if there are leftovers, you’d want to eat them for breakfast topped with a fried egg with a piece of buttered toast.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw A few years ago, when I was still filming A Cooking Show with Rachel O, I thought it would be fun to make a pulled pork sandwich and top it with coleslaw. What a fun idea!

Happy Eating!

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