I have been told that cabbage is just cabbage and that it's nothing to get excited about. True! I was one of those people last winter when I thought I would scream if I had to eat anymore cabbage. However, this year I have embraced cabbage and it is giving my nothing but love in return. I found this recipe in Cooking for Two: 2010 and it has made me rethink cooked cabbage. Cabbage is not just for slaw.
Braising is making a flavorful liquid and then cooking something in that liquid. Everything that goes into this liquid is amazing - butter, onions, beer, mustard, and apple cider vinegar. The only complaint I have is that it seemed like a lot more than just two servings. I used six cups of thinly sliced cabbage, but next time I'll only use three or four. Honestly, I hope to get a food scale soon! So maybe all of this can be avoided in the future.
I served this alongside roast chicken and root vegetables (recipe coming soon) and it was the perfect winter night meal.
Have you had a revelation about a winter vegetable yet? (Radishes maybe?)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion
1/2 cup beer (mild American lager)
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 small head green cabbage (12 ounces), cored and sliced thin (about 6 cups)
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
1. Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beer, mustard, and thyme, bring to a simmer, and cooking until thickened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Stir in the cabbage and vinegar, cover, and cook stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is wilted and tender, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.