CIDER BRAISED CABBAGE

I know it was supposed t be seafood next, but I made this the other night for something else, and I owe you a video recipe…..sooooooo its cabbage today! As all of my recipes are, at least I think they are, this one is really simple. Due to the braising part, it does take some time, but it just makes it all worth it in the end.

I see a lot of people out here boiling their cabbage in water. Why are you doing that? Yes, I know you want to get it tender, but why water? Water has zero flavor, and adds nothing of value to the dish. Then, once the cabbage is tender, most of you are dumping that water out, and then having to RE-season the cabbage. Not only that, when you boil it, a majority of the nutrients form the cabbage end up getting lost in that water you just dumped out. By using this braising technique, we are holding on to our flavor, adding MORE flavor, and still holding on those important nutrients. Plus, you can use the juice in the bottom of the braising pan to add to the cabbage as well. It is just a win win technique

Now you know that I always cook with spirit, and this dish is no different. For this cabbage recipe, I am using a cider beer. I love ciders, they are smooth and easy to drink, not to mention, refreshing. Now there are several types of ciders and they can range from super sweet to super dry (NOT sweet). Because this recipe also calls for apple juice, I use a dry-ish cider, as opposed to a sweet one. Also, I just don’t really enjoy sweet ciders.

As always, I hope you enjoy this one, and start adding it as a regular side dish to some of your favorite recipes. Until the next dish y’all!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized red or green cabbage
  • 1 12oz cider beer
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice
  • 2 TBL olive oil
  • salt
  • white pepper

Directions: Pre-heat your oven to 265 degrees. Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage, and then cut into wedges. Remove the core of the cabbage. In a large bowl, add the cabbage wedges, olive oil, salt, and white pepper to season. Mix together thoroughly to get cabbage coated in oil and seasoning. Next place the wedges on a grill pan for about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place the cabbage into a 2 inch baking dish. Add in all of the liquid ingredients. Cover the baking dish with foil and place into the oven for 3 hours. Remove from oven, take cabbage out of baking dish and slice into thin strips and enjoy!