It’s high time we stop overlooking cabbage. An endlessly versatile vegetable, our best cabbage recipes are anything but basic. Whether you’re using the the thicker outer greens or the tender inner leaves, there’s so much you can do with a head of cabbage. Some of our favorite dishes, from salads to pastas, spotlight the crucifer for its texture and flavor. Ready to start? From dolmas to tacos to slaw, here are more than two dozen cabbage recipes from around the globe to get you excited about the underrated vegetable.
Cabbage Fritters (Cabbage Vepadu)
Cookbook author Madhur Jaffery describes these spidery-looking cabbage-and-peanut fritters as looking like little Medusa heads, “with the strands of shredded cabbage providing a crunchy, unruly halo.” A popular item in the mess halls of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, they can be served as part of a meal or as a crunchy snack.
Cider-Braised Red Cabbage
Braised cabbage, a common side dish in Germany, classically has both sweet and sour flavors. In chef Thomas Ferlesch’s version from Werkstatt restaurant in Brooklyn, a generous amount of fat—he prefers to use lard or duck fat for their rich texture—and juicy red wine round out the tart flavors of cranberry, vinegar, and apple cider. Get the recipe for Cider-Braised Red Cabbage »