The cabbage I grew up with was, like so many other vegetables, boiled. That rendered it translucent, shiny and limp, and it wasn’t a bad thing. I would salt it well, and eat as much as I could. Unlike other vegetables, I adore boiled cabbage. And for a long time, beyond making coleslaw, that was the only way I used cabbage.
But then, I discovered Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Braised Cabbage and I fell head over heels. It was a bit firmer than the cabbage I grew up with and so much more flavorful. I didn’t need to heavily salt it to drag out flavor, because it was already there. Front and center. That changed my whole perspective on cabbage.
So recently when I bought a cabbage, I knew I wanted to try a different preparation, something that would honor the cabbage, and develop its delicate sweetness. I remembered reading about someone roasting it and loving it, so I asked my Twitter buddies if anyone saw that recipe. Kalyn immediately sent her recipe — and that was the one.
The cabbage is cut into wedges and brushed with a lemon mixture. Then you roast it at a high temperature for about 20 minutes or so, turning it once. When it emerges, it’s browned at the edges and has a lovely sourness with that hint of sweet. I liked it so much that I ate it for lunch and dinner on the day that I made it.
When I make it again, I’m going to add a little minced garlic to the lemon mixture, which I think will make it over-the-top (and somewhat similar to my favorite Brussels sprouts recipe).
If you’re a cabbage fan, try it roasted. Head over to Kalyn’s Kitchen for the recipe for Roasted Cabbage with Lemon.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.