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Cabbage cooked up sweet and tender turns into kapusta

Jan. 30, 2017

Slow-cooked cabbage, called kapusta, is delightful served with sausage

Cold weather calls for sweater, fire and cozy tradition, like staying in bed all day, or at least until someone needs a meal or begs to be walked. Then you can rouse yourself, pull on your gear and stomp out into the chill, grateful to know that itís really not so bad to be alert, in daylight, in layers.

Just ask cabbage. The burly ball is all about layers, and cold weather and cozy habits, like lazing around in a warm oven so long that its crisp, fresh bite mellows to tender sweetness.

At that point itís no longer called cabbage but kapusta, which, in Polish, means cabbage.

Kapusta is delightful heaped alongside sausage or stirred into noodles and savored on an icy day, possibly from bed. After all, itís cold out there. You deserve comfort.

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KAPUSTA

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 2 1/2 hours

Makes: 6 servings

1 large heavy green cabbage, halved, cored

1 large sweet yellow onion (such as Vidalia)

6 tablespoons olive oil

Pepper and salt

1. Dice: Cut cabbage into 3/4 inch dice. Cut onion into 1/2 inch dice. In a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot, toss cabbage, onion and oil. (Go ahead, use your hands.) Season generously with pepper.

2. Caramelize: Slide pot into a 325-degree oven and let cook uncovered, stirring now and then, until soft, sweet and golden-brown, about 2 1/2 hours. Season with salt.

3. Serve: Delicious as a side dish to sausage or roast meat. Or boil a pound of butterfly noodles and toss with kapusta for a classic comfort dish.

Provenance: Eastern European grandmas everywhere.

 

 


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