I just can’t begin to tell you how wonderful cabbage is when it is braised with carrots and onions. All three veggies lose their own distinct powerful flavor and become this lovely amalgam that is ever so delicious. And then when served as an accompaniment to corned beef, with maybe a side of Champ (mashed potatoes with green onions), you have a meal fit for the loftiest Irish dignitary (the President) to the most mischievous leprechaun and everyone in between. So do yourself a favor this St. Patrick’s Day, plan a meal that will bring out the Irish in your family without having to spend a pot of gold. But don’t be surprised if a little old bearded man, clad in a green coat and hat shows up at your door. If that happens, by all means invite him in. Wishes are his specialty.
- 1 medium sized green cabbage (about 2 lbs.)
- 1 lg. yellow onion, cut in half and then sliced into thick half moon pieces
- 2 carrots, cut into ¼-inch rounds
- 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 c. chicken or vegetable stock
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- Fleur de Sel or coarse sea salt
Remove any bruised outer leaves from the cabbage. Cut the cabbage into 8 wedges. Keep the core attached so the wedges stay intact during the long cooking process. (Don’t worry; the tough core will get super tender too.) Place the cabbage pieces in a single layer in a lightly greased 10×16-inch gratin or baking dish. (A 9×13-inch pan will work. A little overlap is okay.) Scatter in the carrot and onion pieces. Drizzle veggies with the oil and stock. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt, pepper, and the pepper flakes. Cover tightly with foil or lid, and bake in a pre-heated 325 oven for 1 hour. Remove pan from oven and gently flip the cabbage wedges with a pair of tongs. Return to oven and bake for another 30 minutes or so until cabbage and carrots are very tender. Just before you are ready to serve, remove the foil or lid, turn the heat up to 400 degrees, and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the cabbage is just starting to brown. Serve hot or at room temperature lightly sprinkled with Fleur de Sel or any other nice finishing salt. Fabulous served with corned beef.