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Cabbage Braised with Onions

October 23, 2013

By Kath Dedon


I had a head of cabbage that needed to be used last night. Searching my cookbooks, I discovered Mark Bittman’s Cabbage Braised with Onions from How to Cook Everything.

Cabbage Braised with Onions is easy to make and uses ingredients that you probably already have on hand. The touch of cayenne pepper gives it just enough spiciness to make it interesting. It’s a great fall side dish that I’m sure to make again!


Cabbage Braised with Onions was terrific with Pork Chops à la Julia

Cabbage Braised with Onions


Cabbage Braised with Onions

(Adapted from Mark Bittman’s recipe in How to Cook Everything)


(print the recipe)


Bittman uses 3 tablespoons of butter or oil. I used 1½ tablespoons of olive oil and was pleased with the results.


Serves 4


2 cups sliced onions

1½ – 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil (see note above)

3 tablespoons tomato paste

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

½ cup water

1½ – 2 pounds cabbage, cored and shredded

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Put the onions in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have released some water. It will take about 10 minutes.

2. Add the butter or oil to the pan. Raise the heat to medium, and continue to cook the onions with the cover on until they have browned a bit, about 10 more minutes. Stir occasionally during the browning.





3. Add the cabbage, tomato paste, cayenne pepper, and water to the pot.


added to cabbage



4. Stir the cabbage well until all of the ingredients are well distributed.


cabbage stirred



5. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.



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