I love cabbage and have developed a huge hankering for a taste like that peppery strudel I used to feast on when I lived in Budapest. I've been searching for cabbage dishes.
In Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Russian cabbage comes in many forms, including the gold medalist, Russian cabbage ravioli, also known as vareniki. When I'm there, I buy 50 frozen ones and bring them home, because I'm not into Herculean commitments like making my own ravioli.
Last week, I was at one of those delis with steam dishes. I snagged a to-go dish and piled it high with:
Russian Boiled Potatoes
chop & boil potatoes with skins on. DRAIN. Add FRESH dill + salt + pepper +
vegan butter OR olive oil
Save the potato water. Use it for your cabbage stew.
On top of the take-out potatoes, I added a layer of vegetarian shredded braised cabbage and carrots.
Just now, I made my own version of this insanely good for you & delicious dish.
Russian, Carrot Cabbage Stew
Into a large saute pan, add:
half a sliced cabbage + 2 shredded carrots + 1 diced shallot + diced Field Roast meat-less Italian sausages, NOT tofu hot dogs.
Saute and occasionally stir at MEDIUM with 2 T oil for 10 minutes. Add enough potato or plain water so there's a little puddle at the bottom.
Cover. Steam it for a few minutes. When it's looking dry, replenish with a little water. Keep doing this until your cabbage is cooked through,. Toward the end of the cooking, add an equal amount of liquid to the amount of gravy you want in the end. Taste as you go. Add salt and pepper at whatever stage you like. If you like, throw in the juice of one fresh lemon OR 1-3 Tablespoons of a good vinegar right before serving.
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. Additionally, cabbage is a good source of choline, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, pantothenic acid, protein and niacin.
Cabbage is among the world healthiest foods.
It's cheap, too.