Cabbage can be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Store cabbage in a cold, damp cellar (32-34 degrees and 90% humidity) for 1 to 2 months.
I was served this in Abruzzo while working in the olive harvest. It was one of the best meals I had during my time in Italy. This dish is truly the exclusive domain of home cooks.
Saute some onions in olive oil. When golden, add cubes of potato, and cabbage that has been cut into squares or wide ribbons. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Cook over a low flame, trying not to stir so much that the potatoes fall apart, about 40 minutes to an hour. Serve, with some of the cooking liquid, in bowls, and season to taste with dried hot pepper flakes, raw garlic, and lots of the best olive oil you have. This also becomes a wonderful minestrone by adding pasta.
Tendersweet Cabbage is a particularly tasty variety for eating raw. Seize your chance for a taste of summer!
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup finely grated onion
- 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or sour cream
- 2 tsp caraway seeds
Combine cabbage, carrot, onion in a large bowl. In a small bowl combine vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt & pepper, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve. Mix in the mayo or sour cream and caraway seeds. Pour over the cabbage mixture and chill before serving.
This recipe is an adaptation for cabbage of Thai green papaya salad (som tam) and makes a refreshing and fat-free alternative to mayonnaise-based salads (not that there’s anything wrong with mayonnaise!).
- 1/2 to 1 head cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, grated
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small hot red or green chili, minced
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- Thai basil, spearmint (optional)
- 1-2 scallions, chopped
- ¼ cup roasted shelled peanuts, ground or chopped fine
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp light colored vinegar
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce (optional)
Mixed thinly sliced cabbage and grated carrot in a large bowl with the garlic, chili, cilantro and other herbs if using. Add the lime juice, salt, sugar, vinegar and fish sauce and stir well (the volume of salad should decrease within minutes as the cabbage sheds its liquid). Refrigerate until needed. Just before serving garnish with the ground peanuts and chopped scallion.
This recipe is adapted from Cooking by Hand by Paul Bertolli. We have a little Italian hand-crank mill or mulino we like to use to make flour from buckwheat groats. This recipe serves 8 so feel free to cut it in half.
- 2/3 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups extra-fancy semolina flour
- 2 eggs
- 5 teaspoons salt
- 2 large or three medium boiling potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 -inch thick
- 1/2 large head savoy cabbage, separated and torn into pieces
- 7 tablespoons butter
- 8 to 10 sage leaves
- 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
- 1 cup grated Fontina val d'Aosta cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1. Place the buckwheat flour and semolina in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add the eggs and one-fourth cup plus 2 tablespoons water. Use a fork to stir the mixture together. When the dough begins to form a shaggy mass, alternately squeeze and press it with the palm of your hand. Press any loose bits of flour into the dough. If it is too dry, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together. When the dough feels tacky and the flour is fully incorporated, transfer it to a clean, lightly floured surface and knead for 4 tor 5 minutes, or until it loses its surface moisture, is a uniform color and springs back when pressed. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 1 hour before rolling.
2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8-inch thick, then cut it into wide strips 6 inches long.
3. Heat the broiler.
4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the salt. Add the potatoes to the boiling water, then after 2 minutes, add the cabbage. Boil the vegetables for about 5 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender but not soft. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon and keep the water boiling.
5. Meanwhile, place a wide sauté pan over medium heat; add the butter, sage leaves and garlic. Lower the heat so the garlic does not brown, and swirl the pan a couple of times so the butter melts and the flavors merge. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
6. Cook the pasta in the same water as the vegetables to al dente, about 4 minutes; drain well and add to the sauté pan. Over low heat, stir to coat with the butter mixture. Remove from the heat.
7. Butter a 10-inch gratin or baking dish and assemble by layering one-third of the pasta, vegetables and cheeses. Repeat, until all the pasta, vegetables and cheeses are used. Place the gratin under the broiler for 2 to 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve at once.