seasoning cabbage...

United States
July 31, 2009 4:10pm CST
I'm cooking cabbage today but all I have ever used for seasoning is salt and pepper. Which tastes fine to me! However, I have been studying about the antioxidants in spices and am trying to use them more in my cooking. What is a good spice for cabbage???
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Jul 09
All I have ever used also is salt and pepper....and tons of butter. My kids loved it so much I used to make a head and they would sit down and eat it.....if I would have made two heads...they would have eaten both. I'll have to keep track and find out if there is something special people use instead of just the usual salt and pepper.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
Well, I use the salt and pepper too! It's great! I don't use a lot of butter. I have heard of people using bacon grease and all, but I try to stay away from the fats! Thanks for your response!! And I am glad your kids like cabbage, it's really good for us!!
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Oh I forgot to add that you could put just about a small handful of sugar in it also. Now I know this isn't exactly healthy for you but it sure does give the cabbage a nice sweetened flavor and mine almost always get all eaten up whenever I try this new trick. Well that's one of my mom's favorite to get everyone licking their lips and smackin their jawls..........hee hee hee1
• United States
1 Sep 09
Sugar? I wouldn't think that would be too good tasting. I am always disappointed when I go to an eating establishment and get a big bowl of greens and it has sugar in it! I guess you could try it at least once though! ty
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi macdlingolinger, I know the absolutely perfect thing to go with cabbage and that is juniper berries, yes the stuff they make gin out of. It has a naturally bitter but unique taste which really compliments the cabbage well. You need to crush the juniper berries and add them to a slow sauteed cabbage, trust me they work really well and once I discovered this it's the only way I've ever cooked it. Hope you try it and like it.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
Thanks! I hadn't heard of that... I'll see if I can find some so I can try it!! Thanks again!! Btw, where do you purchase them, I haven't seen them before but it could just be that I haven't looked for them!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi, I used to buy them in the UK just from the supermarket alongside the other jars of herbs and spices, good luck finding them, I think I got the idea from a Delia Smith recipe or it may have been Mrs Beeton.
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Hello my friend, cabbage is one of my favorite foods. You could season it with some kind of shortening like "I can't believe it's not butter" Or if you want to go for a more healthier appeal then use some Olive oil. Also you can use seasoning salt as well as a sprig of lemon juice. Also onions and green peppers are very good to chop up in along with your cabbage. I've tried all of this before and you have to see which way you like it best. They are good stir fried to instead of steaming them. Good luck............... Peace!
• United States
1 Sep 09
Thanks for the recipes. I have put olive oil in cabbage before I think. I actually like a little cabbage mixed with some greens too. It has a real good rich taste. I tried that at a friend's house one time and really liked it!
@nenuphar (117)
• France
1 Aug 09
I have two recipes for you :) 1. cabbage salad (similar to that of cole-slaw)except you add in a small red chili if you can find it in your supermarket. 2. boil the cabbage for about 10/15 minutes to soften the leaves, stuff some marinated minced meat with a good quantity of hot pepper to each leave starting from the heart and go outward, when this is done, string the cabbage to hold the leaves together, then simmer for about an hour. Good appetite!
• United States
1 Aug 09
Thanks for the recipes! I always appreciate recipes for the veggies!!! thanx... and happy mylotting!
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
1 Aug 09
I don't know about any spices, but I do my cabbage up with tons of flavor! Every year, my uncle unloads his garden's overflow on me. He'll bring in carrots, onions, celery, squash, and all kinds of other vegetables. I put a bunch of them in a big pot with salted water and let it simmer for about 12 hours. This makes a great veggie stock. I'll take about 6 cups of that, use a cut of smoked pork (usually a hamhock), and simmer that in there for 2 hours. Then I'll cut up my cabbage, a large red onion, some big chunks of potato, and cook it all for about 1 1/2 hours on a medium simmer. I'll still season the pot with pepper and garlic powder, but as far as the antioxidant properties of spices, I don't know anything about that. I eat blueberries for my antioxidants -- I don't think they'd go too well with cabbage lol Cabbage also doesn't stink if it's not cooked for that long. I know certain spices help keep the sulfur tamed down, but I think if you only cook it for about one or two hours, that's perfect.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
Yeah, don't think I'll throw in any blueberries!!! lol! I know your vegetable stock soup is really good! I have had more home grown veggie given to me this year and I cook soup almost every day out of them. I throw some lentils in for protein and sometimes a little bit of white beans or green split peas. Thanks!!
@peavey (16856)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Try caraway seed in boiled or fried cabbage, it's really good. Or cook it in butter with just pepper.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
I have heard of Caraway seed, but haven't ever tried it... I'll have to get some!! Tahnks for your response!