The challenge: to cook the cabbage.
Simple enough, isn't it? My mother loves cabbage. I have to admit that I like it just fine. But I'm so bored with cabbage! Yes, I do admit to liking stuffed cabbage rolls, but they're not a great busy day dish, unless of course, you made them ahead of time and froze them. Cabbage rolls fall in the same category as lasagna in my book. They're wonderful! But they both require a serious time commitment.
My mom buys cabbage, then hands it to me, and asks me to cook it. I have braised it, roasted it, made cabbage steaks, tried stews, and you know what? We didn't like any of them! Not even the recipe that claimed to be addictive. Nope, not for us. We were immune.
So in my grand quest for a cabbage recipe, I turned to Food Network. And topping the list was Ina Garten's sauteed cabbage. I like Ina. A lot. But seriously - sauteed cabbage? Yet it had a whopping 120 reviews and five stars.
It has four ingredients and that includes salt and pepper. How good could it be?
Really good. So good that I can't believe it's so simple. There I was, trying all these fancy things, and this recipe tops them all, proving once again that sometimes simple is just plain better! No tomato sauce, no apples, no vinegar or onions! Just cabbage.
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
Cut the cabbage in very thin slices. No particular way, just cut until you reach the core. Discard the core. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the cabbage, the salt, and the pepper. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and it just starts to brown.
|Slice it thin. You can't do this wrong.|
|Add salt and pepper,|