Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cabbage with Beef and Pork

Cabbage is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is rich in Protein, Thiamin, Calcium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

Cabbage is commonly found in any grocery stores, it is inexpensive, but most people don't include it in their diet. Why? Maybe they don't know a good recipe? Here is one, it is easy to make, doesn't cost much money, and most importantly- it is healthy.

In Serbia, we eat a lot of sour cabbage, especially over winter months. In the spring time, when fresh cabbage is available again, we switch to making this meal, which we also call "sweet cabbage", indicating that is it not sour, even though there is nothing sweet about it.

You can vary the measures depending on what you have and what you like. if you like carrots or tomatoes, add more. But in the ballpark, this is how it goes...

1 cabbage
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 steak, cut into about 1in pieces
1 pork chop, cut up
1 carrot
1-2 potatoes, cut in quarters
1 bell pepper, sliced
3 roma tomatoes
oil salt and pepper
bay leaf
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp paprika water

Saute the onions in a little bit of oil over medium / high heat for a couple of minutes.

Add beef and pork. Stir. Add more oil if needed. Brown the meat, add salt and pepper. You may also use seasoning salt, but this is optional.

Split the cabbage head into two halves and core them.

Cut the cabbage and cover the bottom of the crock pot with these pieces.

Add a layer of meet, onions, potatoes and carrots.

Place bell pepper slices over the meat layer.

Cover everything with one more layer of cabbage.

Grate the tomatoes and discard the peel.

Pour grated tomato over the cabbage. Add salt and pepper. Add water so that the water level would be about 1in below the top of the cabbage/ tomatoes. Cook on high for 6 hours. This can also be cooked on the stove as well, over low heat, covered.

When the cabbage is done cooking, transfer some water from the meal into a separate cup and mix with flour and paprika. Mix well, then transfer back into the crock pot and stir. Cook for 15 more minutes.

Serve with fresh bread.

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