Red and Napa Cabbage Salad with Empire Apples and Spiced Nuts


I have been in a salad mood lately. I think it's a knee-jerk reaction to all the holiday indulgence and lately I can't get enough raw food. This one calls for Napa and red cabbage but you could get away with just the Napa. Adapted from a January 2007 Bon Appetit recipe.

1 teaspoons butter
1 cup pecan halves (or walnuts)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon (scant) cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil

2 medium unpeeled Empire apples (or other crisp apple), quartered, cored, thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
3/4 cup dried cranberries (about 5 ounces)

Melt butter in nonstick medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pecans and stir 1 minute. Add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne; stir until nuts are coated, about 1 minute. Transfer nuts to foil sheet and cool.

Whisk both vinegars and mustard in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss apples with lemon juice in large bowl. Add cabbage and dried crans. Add dressing and toss. Stir in pecans and season salad with salt and pepper.

Do ahead: Spiced pecans and dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Store pecans airtight at room temperature. Cover and chill dressing; bring to room temperature and rewhisk before using.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Fennel

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Fennel


Adapted from Epicurious.com. Serves 10.

2 TB bacon fat or butter (1/4 stick)
4 cups thinly sliced onions
1 2 1/2-pound head red cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
1 pound fennel bulb, cored, thinly sliced, fronds reserved
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable or beef broth
6 TB balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple sugar or maple syrup

Melt butter or bacon fat in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Add cabbage and fennel, sprinkle with salt, and toss to combine. Saute, tossing occasionally, until cabbage begins to wilt. Add remaining ingredients except fennel fronds. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally, about 30-35 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Cover and chill. Rewarm over medium-low heat.) Transfer to bowl. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and serve.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak


This dish is said to be named after the sound that the vegetable mixture makes as it fries. Adapted from Epicurious.com. Serves 4.

1 lb yellow potatoes, peeled (optionally) and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 lb red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cover potatoes with cold salted water by 1 inch and bring to a boil, then boil, uncovered, until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 18 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Heat butter in a 10-inch heavy nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté cabbage with salt and pepper, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, mashing and stirring them into cabbage while leaving some lumps and pressing to form a cake. Cook, without stirring, until underside is crusty and golden, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Braised Beets with Red Cabbage

Braised Beets with Red Cabbage


Also from Epicurious.com this preparation results in a beautiful, deep red hue. Makes a delicious side for fish, pork or poultry. Serves 6.

3/4 pound red cabbage (1/2 small head), cut into wedges, cored
4 medium beets (about 2 inches in diameter), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup (or more) water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Working in batches, coarsely grate cabbage and beets in food processor fitted with grating blade. Set aside. Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until brown, about 15 minutes. Mix in cabbage and beets. Add salt, pepper, 1/2 cup water and vinegar. Cover; simmer until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Transfer to bowl; top with parsley.

Published in Light Sides