12 things you didn’t know you could do with cabbage

Posted by Ella Buchan on 7 September 2016

Credit:  Kawongwarin

Kale may be considered cooler, spinach may have superfood status - but the humble cabbage can be transformed into something magical.

From a whole roasted head impressive enough to take centre stage on your dining table, to tasty rolls, here are some tasty ideas to jazz up your cabbage.

Top pizza

Add cabbage and corned beef to homemade or shop-bought pizza bases for a classic Irish combo with a twist.

Seeded at the Table

Roll with it

Fill cabbage leaves with cooked minced meat, shredded chicken, finely chopped veggies or tofu - then simply roll up and steam for delectable little parcels of flavour. You can even use them as burger ‘buns’ or in place of tortillas for tacos.

This recipe by Sugar Apron uses the entire cabbage for a saucy, slow-cooked marvel.

Filled cabbage
Sugar Apron

Have some haluski

This fried cabbage and noodles recipe was originally an Eastern European peasant dish - and is utterly addictive.

Add crispy bacon, roast chicken and any other veggies you like - it’ll soon become a favourite way to use up leftovers.

Life With The Crust Cut Off

Soup it up

Cabbage soup may sound like the main offender in a tortuous diet, but it can actually be truly delicious.

Try this ham and cabbage recipe.

Gimme Some Oven

Roast it

No need to relegate cabbage to side-dish status. Make it the main event by stuffing a whole cabbage with a veggie and tomato sauce, wrapping in foil and baking on a medium heat for around 45 minutes, or until tender.

Or cut into wedges, brush with olive oil, season and roast in a baking tray for around half an hour, turning halfway.

This recipe by A Beautiful Mess uses a honey and mustard glaze.

Roasted cabbage
A Beautiful Mess

Grill it

Do something different for the BBQ - cut cabbage into round ‘steaks’, glaze (think soy, Worcestershire sauce, homemade barbecue dressing), season and grill.

Or grill in wedges with a simple dressing of lemon and olive oil.

Grilled cabbage
Grilling Companion

Salad days

Red or white cabbage makes a great alternative to lettuce as the base for a zingy salad.

Try this slaw made with red cabbage and quinoa.

Cabbage salad
Gimme Some Oven

Pickle it

Kimchi is a staple in Korea and a fab way to preserve uneaten cabbage. Use to top hotdogs, burgers, add a twist to sarnies and just spooned over other veggies and salad.

Try this simple recipe from Platings & Pairings.

Pickled cabbage
Platings & Pairings

Curry it

Cabbage is the star of this impeccably spiced, simple supper dish by Healthier Steps.

Or try tossing raw or lightly steamed cabbage in yogurt spiced up with a pinch of cumin and coriander seeds.

Cabbage curry
Healthier Steps

Make pancakes

Throw leftover cabbage and garlic scrapes (the shoot and bud of the garlic plant) into your batter for these delicious savoury pancakes.

Cabbage pancakes
Five and Spice

Taco time

Shred cabbage and toss with tofu or white beans for a veggie taco filling. Or combine with grilled chicken or fish like this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Cabbage tacos
Gimme Some Oven

Use as pasta

Shredded, steamed or boiled white cabbage can be used in place or tagliatelle or spaghetti for a healthy, carb-free supper. Try this recipe by Wellness Mama

Experiment with red cabbage for a visually-striking dish, too.

Cabbage pasta
A Spicy Perspective

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