Cabbages belong to the cruciferous vegetables, a diverse group that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes.
These can be cooked in similar ways but cooking with cabbage is even more fun because they can be used as wraps, shredded or diced into bite sizes. Here are ten (10) carefully curated from our archives to inspire you.
1. Stuffed Cabbage
This recipe employs leaves of the savoy cabbage as wraps. The filling is a genius combination of ground meat, peppers, onion, dill, eggs and cheese. An assorted range of seasoning, parsley and a delicious broth brings the ingredients together, making each bite an addictive experience.
This recipe uses savoy cabbage but if you don't have any on hand, opt for the more common green cabbage. The major difference between these varieties is that the leaves of the savoy cabbage are more tender than the green.
2. Cabbage Mini Cakes
Cabbage mini cakes get their name from their final shape after cooking. Again, cabbage leaves are used as wraps but this time, it is a seasoned egg that makes up the filling. They are very easy to do and require only a few minutes of total cooking time, approximately 25 minutes.
This recipe can just be that way you attain your daily dose of the nutritional goodness of your greens every morning.
3. Crispy Cabbage Rolls
These crunchy cabbage rolls are ideal for snacking, or be the main item for a light dinner. For that extra crunch, cornstarch is mixed into a bowl of seasoned minced chicken. The star ingredients are perhaps the soy sauce and oyster sauce which give it their signature briny flavor.
Pair the crispy rolls with your favorite stews or sauces for a complete meal.
4. Fried Cabbage Rolls
Fried cabbage rolls have just one thing in common with the crispy rolls recipe and that's the fact that they're both fried. The fried cabbage rolls, however, requires more cooking time as the rolls are first steamed for a few minutes before they are soaked in eggs and then deep fried.
These also have a pork filling, tough this can be substituted for any kind of proteins, whether it is meat, fish or even tofu!
5. Cabbage Lasagna
Our fifth mention is this exquisite cabbage lasagna which makes the perfect menu item for a special meal with your loved ones. This recipe particularly employs savoy cabbage, which is best for soaking up all the delicious flavors released during cooking.
This recipe may seem very indulging with ingredients like butter, flour, milk, and parmesan cheese, but it can actually fit into a low-carb diet. Just keep these ingredients at the barest minimum indicated by the recipe.
6. Creamy Cabbage Slaw
This fresh salad is creamy and just the ideal indulgent accompaniment for toast and green juice. The major ingredients are green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, corns and apple vinegar. Even though freshly prepared, this salad is easy to do and is ready in 5 minutes, making it the appropriate choice for when you are torn between making yourself a "proper" breakfast and making it to work in time!
7. Cabbage Kofta
If you belong to the non-meat eating community, you'll love these cabbage koftas. Shredded cabbage is combined with an assortment of spices including red chili powder, turmeric, and coriander. These are mixed with flour and greek yogurt and then shaped into small balls to be fried in a shallow pan of oil.
Warning: These burn easily so make sure to keep an eye on the heat until they are nicely browned and crispy.
8. Lemon Roasted Cabbage
If you didn't already know, yes, you can enjoy your cabbage roasted! Lemon roasted cabbage are an addictive combination of sweet and sour flavors that will keep you going back for more.
Thank goodness, they are low-carb!
9. Cabbage Casserole
This recipe is a fusion of Russian and Ukrainian side dish as it combines cabbage, fine herbs and cheese. This casserole is every bit decadent like any casserole should be with ingredients like eggs, sour cream and mayonnaise so you may want to skip it if you are on a diet.
10. Cabbage Burrito
Last but surely not least are cabbage burritos, which can be eaten as a late-night snack or a quick brunch. Cabbage leaves are blanched and then filled with cooked ground beef, black beans, corn and tomatoes. This burrito are very filling and will keep you satisfied until the next meal.
We are sure that one of these recipes have piqued your interest. Don't let it remain a mere read for you, try them out! Instead, make sure to keep the following tips in mind:
Don't skip blanching or cooking the cabbage leaves if the recipe requires so.Use the right cabbage for the right recipe but don't let that limit you from cooking. Instead, find the next best variety to use.A dash of lemon juice can prevent your red cabbages from turning blue during cookingSeason your cabbage adequately if you don't want them bland.Enjoy your meal!