World's Best Braised Cabbage


World’s Best Braised Cabbage, Revised from the recipe by Molly Stevens
Published by Kim Harris on The Nourishing Gourmet


1 medium head green cabbage (about 2 pounds)
1 large yellow onion (about 8 ounces)
3-6 garlic cloves, peeled
4-5 large carrots, cut into 1/4 inch rounds (cut on a diagonal for a prettier vegetable slice)
1/4 cup chicken, beef, or vegetable broth, or water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
Fleur de sel or coarse unrefined sea salt


1-Heat the oven to 325. Lightly oil a large gratin dish or a baking dish (9 by 13 inch works well).

2-Trimming the cabbage: Remove any outer leaves of the cabbage that is bruised or ragged. If your cabbage is more than 2 pounds, cut off some of the cabbage to make it two pounds for best braising.  Cut the cabbage into 8 wedges and then lay in the baking dish. They can overlay slightly, and still cook, but try to do as much of a single layer as possible.

3-The Braise: Scatter over the cabbage the onion, garlic, and carrots. Then pour over the vegetables, evenly, the oil and the broth or water.  Season liberally with salt, pepper, and the pepper flakes. Cover the pan tightly with foil, and place in the middle of the oven. Braise until the vegetables are completely tender, about two hours. Then turn the wedges over (they may fall apart a bit when you do this, and that’s okay. If the dish is getting dry, add a couple more tablespoons of water or broth.

4-The finish: Once the cabbage is completely cooked and tender (a fork should pierce it easily), remove the foil, and increase the oven heat to 400f. Roast until the vegetables start to brown (about 15 minutes).

For added oomph, she recommends adding some balsamic vinegar when you are turning the cabbage before roasting. Yum!