Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Red cabbage crumble, parsnip and carrot parmesan mash

This was DELICIOUS.  I say it myself, and I saw it more than once.  I like red cabbage, but you can have enough braised cabbage.  Also, there is too much red cabbage in the veg box to not have it feature more than as an extra.  So, a little bit of a romp through some cookbooks and quick and dirty searching on the web - braised, spiced and slaw are the over-whelming suggestions - but there was also a smattering of "gratin" - which got me thinking.... the recipe grew as it progressed - but it worked!

Red cabbage and leek crumble

Olive oil
1 leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 red cabbage, shredded
pinch mixed herbs
glass of red wine
small handful of dried cranberries
1 tbsp grainy mustard
juice of an orange
pinch of sugar
2 tbsp creme fraiche
2 tbsp natural yogurt
2 tbsp double cream

handful of hazelnuts
2 handfuls of oats
good pinch of mixed herbs
2 rice cakes
olive oil

1.  Sweat down leek in olive oil, add garlic and herbs.
2.  Add shredded red cabbage, herbs, wine, cranberries, mustard and some water - simmer.
3.  When the cabbage is starting to soften add the juice of an orange, a pinch of sugar and seasoning to taste.
4.  Keep simmering and tasting, adding water if it gets dry - after about 40 minutes if should be softish, but still keep a texture.
5.  Remove form the heat.  Allow to cool for a few minutes and then stir in dairy ingredients.
6.  Zap hazelnuts and rice cakes - tip into a bowl with oats and herbs.  Mix into a crumble mix with olive oil.

7.  Top the cabbage, in an oven proof dish, with the crumble mix - and bake for about 30 minutes.

Parsnip, carrot parmesan mash

3 parsnips, peeled and chopped (held in acidulated water)
2 big carrots, peeled and chopped
50g parmesan
black pepper

1. Boil the veg until it's done.
2.  Zizz parmesan.
3.  "Mash" veg with a sharp knife, adding butter and black pepper.
4.  Stir in cheese and bake in oven for 20 minutes or so.

We had both dishes with steamed broccoli.  It were lovely.

Estimated cost:  Veg £2.10, hazelnuts 60p, cheese 75p, dairy 40p other stuff £2 max. (£5.85) Serves 6 - 98p

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