Showing posts with label Jane Brody. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jane Brody. Show all posts

Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Tweaked Version of Jane Brody’s Stuffed Cabbage, #lowsodium @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: I've been making Jane Brody’s stuffed cabbage from her Good Food Cookbook for years. It takes some time to put it together, but it makes a huge pot that can be eaten for several meals. Or eat some now and freeze the rest for later. 

It's perfect for early March, a hearty dish not quite ready for spring. Of course I made my low-sodium tweaks, using no salt tomatoes and low salt sodium chicken broth, but it was really pretty darn good. 
The only tricky part is the cabbage leaves. My advice is to boil the whole head of cabbage until the outer leaves get soft. Then cut them off, return the head to the simmering water, repeat. To make the rolls behave, cut out the vein. You don't have to worry  about making the rolls perfect, as they'll all come together in the end.



one head green cabbage
2 onions, one half finally chopped, the other 1 and 1/2 thinly sliced
16 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 pound ground beef
3 Tbsp uncooked rice
3 Tbsp water
1 egg
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup honey


Bring a large pot of water to boil and drop the cabbage in. Cut off the leaves as they soften, returning the head to the pot each time.

Combine the ground beef, uncooked rice, egg, finely chopped onion, water and mix this together well. Take about two tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll it into a leaf. 

Continue until the stuffing is gone, and then chop any remaining cabbage. 

Meanwhile, sauté the onions until soft, and then add the tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer.

Nestle the rolls in sauce along with any leftover cabbage and simmer 1 1/2 hours.

Add the lemon juice,honey, and raisins and simmer another half hour. Serve in soup bowls. Mmmm, I've made myself hungry!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cottage Oat Biscuits a la Jane Brody

LUCY BURDETTE: This is not exactly a traditional Thanksgiving recipe, but it could be. You could serve on the Thanksgiving table or later at night make delicious little sandwiches or the next day with your turkey soup! 

I started making these biscuits twenty-five years ago--and I bet I've made 250 batches--they are that good. And good for you too, loaded with oats and cottage cheese.

The original recipe came from Jane Brody, who made them by hand. I make them in the food processor, which is much, much easier. It will take you longer to clean up than it will to put them together. And I add white whole wheat flour, and sometimes chop up some chives when I'm kneading the dough together.

We eat them with soup or omelets or as the basis for little sandwiches or even warm them up and serve them with honey and butter in place of dessert. Oh don't let me forget, they are the perfect base for strawberry shortcake!


1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup ground oats (rolled oats whirred in the food processor for a minute)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cream of tartar
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 and 1/2 cups 2% milk fat cottage cheese

Preheat the oven to 425.

First grind the oats in the processor. I like leaving them chunky because the half-ground oats add to the texture. Add the other dry ingredients to the bowl and process them briefly. Cut the butter into chunks, add to the processor bowl, and pulse until the pieces are pea-sized.

In a 2-cup measuring container, beat two eggs, then beat in the cottage cheese. Add all of this to the bowl and pulse until the batter gathers into a big mass. Scrape the batter out onto a well-floured surface and knead briefly until it's no longer sticky and you can shape it into a rectangle--make this about 3/4 inches high, and maybe 6 inches by 6 inches. The size will depend on how big you like your biscuits. Dip a knife into flour and cut the rectangle into twelve pieces. 

Move the dough to an ungreased baking pan, leaving room for the biscuits to rise while cooking. Bake about 10 minutes until the tops are browned.

These freeze really well so you can pop them into the toaster oven when you need a little treat--if there are any left over. 

And a warm biscuit with butter and honey would be the perfect thing to eat while reading DEATH IN FOUR COURSES!

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