Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cabbage and Potato Gratin

So, assuming that you were cool enough to make the cabbage soup I posted yesterday, you may have half a head of leftover cabbage.  Hey, me too!!  We have so much in common. 

 I don’t really have that many cabbage recipes – borscht and cabbage soup are about the extent, although I really have to try making wontons one of these days.  Instead of letting another head of cabbage rot in my fridge (ew), I looked up recipes on my favorite cooking blogs and found something pretty wonderful.  You can tell it’s wonderful because I ate all four servings for dinner in one night.

Mmmm, yummy.  And no, the pan isn't dirty, just old. :)

The original recipe calls for ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese.  I used sharp cheddar, and it just didn’t taste cheesy enough, so I’ll leave the recipe as is with the parmesan.  If you make it with any other kind of cheese and it is especially delicious, let me know. 

Cabbage and potato Gratin
Adapted from biggirlssmallkitchen
2-4 servings

2 cups potatoes, sliced (1 large Russet, or 2 medium/small Yukon Gold)
1 cup milk (low-fat works fine)
2 Tbs. chicken stock
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. butter
1 small onion, diced thinly
2 cups green cabbage, sliced into bite-sized pieces (a bit less than ½ of a cabbage)
¾ tsp. salt, divided
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pepper to taste
Dash of hot sauce
Paprika for sprinkling

Preheat your oven to 400.  Grease a loaf pan or 4 individual ramekins.  Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium heat.  Add the cabbage, onions, and ¼ tsp. of the salt.

Meanwhile, combine potatoes, milk, stock, and another ¼ tsp. of salt in a small pot.  Over medium heat, bring it to a simmer.  Let simmer for five minutes (while cabbage is cooking).  Remove from heat, pour in a few dashes of hot sauce, and pour into the pan (or a large bowl, if you’re using ramekins). 

When cabbage and onion are slightly browned and softened, add them to the potato mixture in the pan.  Sprinkle in ¼ cup of the cheese and the last ¼ tsp. of salt; stir.  Scatter the remaining ¼ cup of cheese on top, then dust with paprika and pepper. 

Bake for about 45 minutes (for the pan; less for the ramekins), until the top potatoes are dark brown and edges are crispy.  Enjoy!

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