The Second Sexiest Vegetable

It's raining again. And--as long as we ignore the Instagram posts of snow and single-digit thermometer readings from the midwest--we Southern Californians can lament our long, cold winter. So crank up the oven--it's time for winter veggie comfort food, starting with cabbage! 

Not everyone sees cabbage as the sexiest vegetable in the crisper..but it's time for that to change! Remember, ten years ago it was edgy to serve beets (now there omnipresent to the point of being boring). Cabbage, however, is alt, indie, retro, and I bet you're friends aren't serving it... yet. 

It's also beautiful, delicious, and super great for you.

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Cabbage has:

  • Cancer fighting glucosinolates

  • Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

  • High fiber and an insanely low in caloric load

  • Vitamins C, E, K, A, Folate, Iron and Magnesium 

It's time for a cabbage revolution (!) starting with these quick and delicious steaks.


Cabbage Steaks Recipe

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 Makes 4 cabbage steaks

Ingredients:

Cabbage

Grass-fed butter (I like Straus because in addition to being organic,

grass-fed, and CA produced, it's made in the European style with a higher butterfat content)

Sprig of thyme

 Salt and pepper


Pre heat oven to 400F

Slice four 1/2" cabbage steaks (or as many as you can fit in your pan in a single layer)

Melt 2 Tbs of butter in a cast iron pan (a pyrex cake pan will work if cooking for a crowd, but I love the results of roasting in cast iron)

With a spatula, set cabbage steak into the pan. Rub it around until it's coated with butter and flip  so that both sides are coated. Repeat with second and third steak, (adding more butter if necessary) until cabbage steaks are snug, but not overlapping. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drop a couple sprigs of thyme in pan, and stick it in the oven.Roast in oven for 15 minutes, then flip steaks and roast for another 5-10 minutes or until the steak is browned on both sides and the cabbage has the consistency of melted heaven.

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Here's another fact: roasting or sautéing cabbage keep the nutrients from leaching out in water. And if you doubt that grass fed butter is a bona fide health food, read this.
I know what you're thinking. You've fallen head over heels in love with cabbage, and now you're afraid the weather is going to warm up and leave you lonely.  Don't worry, l have plenty of summer cabbage recipes coming your way. 
In addition to being sexy, cabbage is versatile.

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Aubrey Yarbrough manages the Playa Vista, Westwood and Hermosa Beach Farmers' Markets for Farmer Mark. Before moving to LA she ran her own organic farm and cooked on the garde manger station at the award winning Elements restaurant in Princeton, NJ. She has contributed to Edible Jersey and her poetry will appear in the forthcoming issue of New American Writing.