Cooking with cabbage

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4 different but tasty ways to incorporate cabbage in your meals.

Cabbage

These recipes will remind you why cabbage is still the hero in your kitchen. By Ntwenhle Gcabashe Pictures Dylan Swart

1. Leftover Cabbage and Potato Cakes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped and cooked
  • 2 cups potato, cooked and mashed
  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) oil
  • 1 cup bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Micro leaves, for serving
  • Spicy mayonnaise, for serving
  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix cabbage, potato, bacon, flour, chives, garlic, egg and water. Don’t make the batter too thin.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon into frying pan and flatten with back of the spoon.
  5. Fry for 4–5 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve with micro leaves and mayonnaise.

2. Cabbage Layers

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6

  • 12 white cabbage leaves, blanched
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups minced meat
  • 2 cups (500ml) tomato passata
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups (500ml) white sauce
  • ½ cup cheese, grated
  • Fresh coriander, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C.
  2. In a frying pan, heat oil. Fry garlic until soft.
  3. Add cayenne pepper, minced meat, passata and mushroom. Cook for 8–10 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Spoon and spread mixture into baking dish. Layer cabbage leaves and white sauce. Continue layering until all are used. Sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake for 25–30 minutes. Serve with coriander.

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3. Trio Cabbage Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup white cabbage, shredded
  • Handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cut into julienne
  • 4 tablespoons walnuts, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (125ml) vinaigrette dressing
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a large salad platter, mix cabbages, coriander, carrot, walnuts, seeds and onion.
  2. Drizzle with dressing.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

4. Ginger Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

  • 2 cups beef, cut into strips
  • 2 cups savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 6 tablespoons (90ml) oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 green pepper, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Rocket leaves, for serving
  1. In a large frying pan, heat oil. Fry ginger until soft.
  2. Add beef. Stir-fry until tender and remove from pan.
  3. Add cabbage and peppers. Stir fry for 8–10 minutes or until vegetables are cooked, but still crunchy.
  4. Return beef. Add oyster sauce and seeds. Mix well.
  5. Serve with rocket leaves.