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.
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.
In this offbeat slaw from chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. Get the recipe for Charred Cabbage Slaw »
Lou fassum is most dramatic when presented whole, then sliced into thick wedges. Serving the pieces with a stock-based glaze is optional. The dish can also be drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh herbs, or ladled with chicken stock and topped with a dusting of grated cheese. Serve with mashed or roasted potatoes if desired. Get the recipe for The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage (Lou Fassum) »
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 »
This hearty, chicken stock—braised kraut is smoky, spicy, and well balanced, with sweet onions, garlic, and bacon fat nicely contrasting the brightness and brininess of jarred sauerkraut. If you prefer the end result even more sour, feel free to add a splash more brine from the jar. Get the recipe for Braised Paprika Kraut »