Aquacotta-Tuscan Peasant Soup

4 cups onions, sliced 1/3 inch thick
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt
3 cups celery, chopped fine, including leaves
3 cups savoy or green cabbage
2 cups lacinato kale, sliced fine
1 cup firm tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed
8 leaves basil
Broth, vegetable or chicken
1/3 cup dried Nash’s kidney beans, soaked, cooked and drained
12 slices day old bread
1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
6 eggs

Place onion, salt, and olive oil in a pan and cook until onion wilts. Add celery, cabbage, and kale, and stir. Add tomatoes, basil, and broth until all veggies are covered by 2 inches, and simmer 2-3 hours. Add beans and pepper to taste.

Toast bread and soft-cook the eggs. Don’t overcook because you want the yolk runny. Place a piece of toasted bread in bottom of soup bowl, ladle the soup on top, sprinkle with some cheese, and top with an egg.

From Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazen.

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Roasted Savoy Cabbage

Savoy cabbage

Savoy is the most beautiful cabbage of them all — and downright tasty, too.

1 head savoy cabbage
1/4 – 1/3 cup olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon juice to taste
Dash cayenne or chili flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a rimmed baking sheet. Cut the cabbage into quarters vertically and carve out the core. Cut each quarter in two lenghthwise and thinly slice.

Place the cabbage in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat evenly. Insert in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until cooked thoroughly and golden brown in places. Be very careful not to burn it.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with black pepper, dress with a touch of lemon juice, and serve. Like a little kick? Sprinkle with a tiny bit of cayenne or chili flakes.

Based on a recipe from ChocolateAndZucchini.com.

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Creamy Savoy Cabbage and Carrots

Savoy cabbage

Savoy is the most beautiful cabbage of them all.

1 large savoy cabbage
4 large carrots (orange or yellow)
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Remove outer leaves from savoy. Cut in half and remove core. Wash and shred fine. Grate carrots. Bring a pan of water to a boil and boil veggies for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain. Add butter, cream and nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and serve immediately.

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Grilled Chicken Winter Salad

Bunched spinach

Chicken and greens: simple and delicious.

1 large chicken breast
1 tablespoons grape seed oil or cooking oil
Small pinch fresh cut culinary herbs like rosemary, thyme or basil
1 bunch arugula
1 bunch mizuna
1 1/2 savoy or leafy cabbage
1/2 bunch spinach

Vinaigrette Dressing
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoons minced shallots
1 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon maple syrup
3/4 cup olive oil

Grill chicken in a skillet with salt. Cook until golden brown and well done. Toss in herbs last. Set aside to cool, then slice thinly into small strips.

Prepare greens by chopping them into bite-size pieces and submerging them into a filled sink of cold water. Gently move greens around to wash off any garden dirt. Then spin dry or lay greens on a kitchen towel to dry. Mix all ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing, drizzle on the greens and top with the chicken.

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Parsnip Soup with Corned Beef and Savoy Cabbage

Savoy cabbage head

Savoy cabbage is hardy enough to make it through winter, and some roots, like parsnips, are also still available at this time of year. Fortunately, if you combine these with corned beef, you have a fantastic Saint Paddy’s Day dinner.

3 (1/8-inch-thick) slices cooked corned beef (4 ounces), fat trimmed, chopped (3 tablespoons reserved, divided)
2 bay leaves
2 large parsnips (about 13 ounces), peeled, coarsely chopped
2 cups chopped onions
3 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth
3 large savoy cabbage leaves, center ribs removed
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Sauté 2 tablespoons corned beef fat and bay leaves in large saucepan over medium-high heat until fat renders, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsnips and onions. Add 3 cups broth. Cover; simmer until parsnips are tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut cabbage and corned beef slices crosswise into very thin strips. Melt 1 tablespoon fat in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add cabbage and corned beef. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until cabbage wilts, about 3 minutes.

Working in batches, puree soup and cream in blender until smooth. Return to same pan. Re-warm soup, thinning with more broth if too thick. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Mound corned beef and cabbage in center.

We thank Epicurious.com for this delicious recipe, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Golabki (Cabbage Pork Rolls)

golabki

This recipe comes from Karolina Tracz. Karolina was born in Poland where similar recipes that use many of the veggies on the farm today abound. In Polish, these cabbage rolls are called golabki, literally “little pigeons.”

1 whole head of savoy cabbage
1 1/2 pounds cippolini onions, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound Nash’s ground pork
1 1/2 cups cooked rice (red rice adds texture )
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds sunchokes, scrubbed and roasted
2 pounds parsnips, roasted
1 1/2 pounds carrots, roasted
2 pounds golden turnips, roasted
1 cup beef or vegetable stock
Sour cream for garnish (optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Roast sunckokes, parsnip, carrots and golden turnips about 30 minutes.

Cook rice, let cool and set aside.

Peel the cabbage, separating the outer leaves to be stuffed.

Chop the remaining cabbage and place it in the bottom of a casserole dish or Dutch oven.

Saute the chopped onion in butter in a large frying pan until tender and let cool.

Mix cooled onions with pork, rice, garlic, salt, black pepper and the roasted roots until well combined. Don’t over-mix or the meat will become tough.

Place about 1/4 cup of meat on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the meat. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. You will have something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create a neat little roll.

Place the cabbage rolls on top of the chopped cabbage in the casserole dish or Dutch oven, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour beef or vegetable broth over rolls, cover and place in oven. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and meat is cooked.

Serve with pan juices and a drizzle of sour cream, or mix the pan juices with sour cream and ladle it over the cabbage rolls.

Cabbage rolls freeze well before or after cooking and can be made in a slow cooker.

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Stuffed Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Savoy cabbage

This recipe is a little involved, but so delicious that it’s worth it.

Stuffing
2 cups milk
4 ounces bread
1 large onion, cut in chunks
1 large carrot, cut in chunks
1 large rib celery, cut in chunks
3 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds Nash’s sweet Italian sausage
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup dry white wine
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated

Cabbage Rolls and Sauce
1 medium head Savoy cabbage
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups dry white wine
4 cups chicken stock, hot

Pour milk over the bread chunks and let soak until completely saturated. Using a food processor, mince onion, carrot, celery and garlic into a paste. You should have about 2 cups. Pour olive oil into a heavy pan and set over medium-high heat. Scrape in 1/2 cup of the paste and cook, stirring frequently, until it starts to dry and stick to the pan. Crumble sausage into the skillet and cook, stirring, until all the meat is sizzling and no longer pink. Season with salt and pour in the white wine. Bring to a boil and cook until the wine has evaporated. Remove from heat and scrape into a bowl.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Bring a big pot of water to a boil. When sausage has cooled, squeeze milk from the bread. Crumble over the sausage and combine with your hands. Work in egg, parsley and cheese, tossing together in a loose stuffing.

Cut out core of the cabbage and separate 12 of the largest leaves from the head. Lay each leaf flat, outside up, and shave off raised ridge of the rib at the leaf base. Slice the remaining small inner leaves into shreds about 1/4-inch wide. Drop the big leaves into the boiling water and blanch them until soft, about 7 minutes. Cool them in icy water; drain well and lay on paper towels to dry.

Wipe the sauté pan and return to stove. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil on medium-high. Stir in the remaining paste and cook until dried and sticking, about 4 minutes. Toss in the shredded cabbage and salt, and cook, stirring, until the cabbage starts to wilt. Pour in white wine, raise heat to bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 10 minutes or so, to blend flavors. Lay out each softened leaf, rib side down. Form 1/3 cup stuffing into a plump log, and lay it on the leaf. Roll the bottom of the leaf over the filling, tuck the sides in, and roll up tightly the rest of the way.

When all the rolls are formed, lower the heat under the sauce and place each roll in the sauté pan, seam side down. Pour in the stock, submerging the rolls, heat to a bubbling boil, and put on the pan lid. Set the pan in the oven to braise the rolls for an hour. Remove the lid and push the rolls down in the sauce, which will have reduced. Bake, uncovered, for another 30 minutes or so, until the sauce has reduced and thickened and the tops of the rolls are nicely caramelized. Serve with remaining sauce.

We thank Lidia’s Italy for this recipe.

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