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Thursday, February 02, 2012

White beans & cabbage

January 22, 2012
During those lovely days in Hobart, we had a commitment to attend to back home. Our previous vege delivery included an enormous cabbage - seriously, it was probably 2-3 litres capacity - and it was sitting in our crisper waiting to be eaten. We had ample time on Sunday afternoon to deal with it.

I was kinda bored with coleslaw, and spring rolls aren't the best work lunch leftovers. I wondered whether my newest cookbook included anything fun to do with cabbage, checked out the index, followed through to page 86 and realised I'd been over-thinking it. This lovely looking cabbage dish graces the cover of Super Natural Every Day!

It's the kind of dish Heidi does often and well - a bunch of fresh produce tossed together in a frypan, served up and sprinkled with a little something. In this case the produce is mainly cabbage, white beans and potatoes. I was a little wary of getting the potatoes completely cooked through purely by sautéing them for 8 minutes and was careful to cut them really small (cubes with no more than a 1cm side). This worked just fine. It's really important to wait out the frying as directed and build a golden crust on the potatoes and beans, 'cause this is where most of the fine flavour comes from. Of course a sprinkling of parmesan helps the flavour along too. As a vegan alternative, I'd suggest some extra salt, a bit of nooch or some of this stuff.

The recipe below is a double quantity on Heidi's version, since we had a lot of cabbage to get through. While her book predicts that this should serve eight, the two of us got a dinner and a lunch out of it each. We've got an appetite for cabbage that I never imagined.


White beans & cabbage
(adapted slightly from a recipe in Heidi Swanson's
Super Natural Every Day)

1/3 cup olive oil
230g potatoes, scrubbed but left unpeeled and sliced into tiny cubes
salt, to taste
2 x 400g cannellini beans
450g cabbage, finely shredded
a small handful of chives, roughly chopped
parmesan cheese, finely grated (optional)

Pour the oil into a very large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and a generous pinch of salt, tossing them to coat in the oil. Cover the frypan with a lid and give the potatoes 5-8 minutes to cook through, tossing them once or twice more along the way so that they don't burn but do develop a nice golden crust.

Add the beans to the pan and leave it uncovered, but go for the same cooking approach for a few minutes - leave the beans still to develop a golden edge, then toss it all around for a new crust on another side. Stir in the cabbage and chives, stirring and cooking until the cabbage just starts to soften. Serve it all up with a sprinkling of parmesan or some extra salt.

10 comments:

  1. I haven't had much luck with cabbage. Last time I made it, I just couldn't get it down. It was so.. well, cruciferous.

    Cooked, I think I could do.. Might give this one a go!

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    1. Yeah, cabbage ain't my favourite either but we're finding a few recipes to enjoy it in. I would also highly recommend the baked spring roll recipe that I linked to above!

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  2. Ohh yum, sounds a bit like a vegie bubble and squeak. Did you eat it on its own?

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    1. Hi Katya - yes, we just ate it in a bowl as pictured, though you could probably serve it with rice or pasta if you wanted some carbs. I guess it is like a free form bubble and squeak. :-)

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  3. This sounds like an interesting combo. I would like to try it one day as a side dish as I don't think my boys would keen on it as the sole item for dinner.

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    1. Mel, it would probably make a nice side for vege sausages or something like that! Make sure you half our quantities though - we made a lot. :-D

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  4. I have an appetite for cabbage, and this sounds good and filling.

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    1. Yep, the beans and potatoes make it nice and hearty. :-)

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  5. Kind of like okonomiyaki isn't it? I adore cabbage, think this might be the more interesting version of okonomiyaki, also served with ABC sweet sauce! :9

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    1. Yes, though without the pancakey aspect! I need to make okonomiyaki more often when we're delivered these cabbages, if only for the excuse to slather them in sauce. ;-)

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