These crinkled leaf cabbages are one of the best varieties for cooking and tender enough to be eaten raw in salads. A drawback of its tender nature is that it does not have the keeping quality of its sturdier cousins but should hold well in the fridge for about a week. Cook them like you would a regular cabbage; in soups, stir fries, or other cabbage recipe. Or, simply cut into one-inch strips and sauté in a large covered pan with some butter.
In China and other East Asian region, it is used like cabbage in stir fries with added onion, garlic, bell pepper and green chillies mixed with steamed rice and soy/chili/tomato sauce to prepare fried rice, egg rice noodles, chowmein…etc.
Leeks are cousins to the old, familiar onion, but have a sweeter, more delicate flavor reminiscent of garlic or chives and are delicious no matter how they’re cooked. Additionally, leeks contain generous amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making the vegetable a wise addition to a healthy diet. You can cook leeks by poaching them in chicken broth, pan-frying them in a little oil, or boiling them until tender, or you can include the leeks in a variety of other recipes (such as the one below).
Featured Recipe: Simple Shredded Savoy Cabbage
A simple shredded savoy supper or side dish that also pairs well with a protein such as roast chicken.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Serves 3-4
Knob of unsalted butter or ghee
2.5 oz. pancetta (or other salty, savory protein)
1 small savoy cabbage, shredded
1 leek, white parts only, rinsed, medium dice
small glass white wine
Salt and pepper
Melt a knob of butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat until it foams. Add the pancetta and diced leeks and cook for 3-4 minutes until pancetta is lightly browned and leeks are starting to get tender.
Finely shred the cabbage and add it to the pan.
Turn the heat up high and pour in the wine. The cabbage will cook in 2 minutes whilst the wine bubbles and reduces. Be sure not to overcook the cabbage—make sure it retains its bright green color.
Season with pepper and a little salt (depending on the saltiness of the pancetta) and serve. this dish is wonderful on its own with a hunk of bread or as an accompaniment to a roast chicken.
Adapted from recipe by glutsandgluttony.com