Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cabbage: past, present, future

I am finding gift giving increasingly difficult. Between the recession and the fact that my family and I all have what we want, Chanukah felt challenging, until! One Sunday afternoon Steve mentioned a lost dish from his youth, his Grandmother's Hungarian comfort food--something with "egg noodles and cabbage."

A quick Google search revealed what mostly seemed to be called Haluska, a simple dish made awesome by copious amounts of butter. So, for Steve, for Chanukah (in addition to my annual potato latkes), a big bowl of Haluska.

Then, 2 weeks later, a fermentation workshop with the King of Fermentation, Sandor Katz. After an overview of the basics of fermentation, a lesson in basic sauerkraut, made from 2 kinds of cabbage, some carrots and some radishes.

Only problem is, cabbage now finally seems to be gone from the farmers market, goshdarnit, meaning the dead of winter is really totally finally here, and cabbage has to be shipped in from rosier climes. So, I am learning about sauerkraut now, so that next late fall I can preserve 09's cabbage Sandor-style.

Sandor Katz's Basic Sauerkraut
See his website and/or read his book, Wild Fermentation!

1 bag egg noodles, cooked
1 large leek, white and light green parts only, well cleaned, halved lengthwise and sliced into half moons
3/4 head green cabbage, cored and diced
1 stick butter
several tbsp chicken broth
1 tbsp milk

Melt the stick of butter over med heat
Saute leeks until soft
add 1/3 of the cabbage, and a pinch of salt, let it get soft
Add the next 1/3 and some more salt, let it cook down until soft
Add final 1/3 and a wee bit more salt and let it cook down
Then add the stock and the milk and let it cook a little longer, thickening and getting good
Then mix with the cooked noodles
Salt and pepper to taste but you really might not need any more salt

(you can make this with less butter and it will still taste good, but--is this too obvious to mention?--it's way better with all that butter).


April said...

Hi Jerusha,

Thanks for this recipe. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cabbage. This sounds slurpy, wonderful, and oh so buttery!!

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