World’s Best Braised Green Cabbage

27 Jan

Recipe: World’s Best Braised Green Cabbage

Molly Stevens’s recipe is AWESOME. I make this cabbage all the time because it’s awesome. Yes, it takes 2.5 hours from start to finish, but the total prep time is only ~10-15 minutes. Plus, it makes your house smell so damn yummy.  

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 medium head green cabbage (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 large red or yellow onion, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch coins
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1/4 cup lard, ghee, or bacon grease
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Aleppo peppers (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a large gratin dish or baking dish (13-by-9-inch works well) with fat of choice.

2. Peel off and discard any bruised or ragged outer leaves from the cabbage. Cut cabbage in half, then into 8 wedges. (Don’t trim away the cabbage heart.) Arrange the wedges in the baking dish on their sides, overlapping a little but trying for a single layer. Scatter the onion and carrot over the cabbage. Drizzle with stock or water and the melted fat. Season with salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Cover tightly with foil and transfer to the oven.

3. Braise for 1 hour. Uncover and gently turn the wedges with tongs, keeping them as intact as possible. Add a little water if pan is drying out. Cover pan and return to oven. Bake 1 hour.

4. Remove the foil, increase the heat to 400 and roast until vegetables begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, sprinkled with fleur de sel and/or Aleppo pepper.

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