Cabbage is a humble vegetable. It’s cheap and filling, and when over the hill has an unpleasant taste and smell. But a good cook can do magic with even a poor man’s vegetable. In fact, one of my go-to Shabbos side dishes is shredded cabbage cooked in goose schmaltz and seasoned with lots of salt, some ground caraway seed, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for punch.
It comes together really quickly, so a good dish to have in your recipe book for those short winter Fridays, when you have to make your quickest dishes to make it to candlelighting on time.
Simple, Silky, Sautéed Cabbage
- 3 tablespoons rendered goose or chicken fat, or corn oil (in order of preference)
- 300 grams shredded cabbage
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of ground white pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground caraway seed
- A pinch of cayenne pepper, or more, to taste
- Heat the goose or other fat in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage and stir to coat with the hot schmaltz. Sauté, turning the mixture occasionally, until beginning to brown in places.
- Add salt, stir to distribute. Repeat with remaining spices adding each one separately and stirring before adding the next. Heat briefly until the aroma rises. Taste and correct seasoning as needed.
- Serve hot.