Today I'm making my version of Cabbage and Carrot Medley, originally from a Woman's World Magazine article on Irish cooking from March 21, 2006. The original recipe:
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Cabbage and Carrot Medley
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Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Casserole Holiday
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2 pounds cabbage -- trimmed, cut into 2" slices
4 large carrots -- cut diagonally into 1/2" slices
2 leeks -- *see Note
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown mustard -- spicy
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine cabbage and carrots in a large pot, fill halfway with water, cover. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. drain and set aside - keep warm.
In the same pot, add 2 tablespoons of water and leeks. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; return the cabbage/carrot mixture to the pot and stir.
"Brown sugar adds sweetness to our buttery vegetables"
"Woman's World Magazine, Luck o' the Irish Feast! article"
"March 21, 2006 issue"
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Per Serving: 88 Calories; 1g Fat (7.0% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 225mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
NOTES : Leeks: White and light green portions only; halved lengthwise and sliced.
The original recipe called for the leek to be sautéed in butter.
Salt may be omitted for low-salt diets.
Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Now for my variations. I just pick a nice sized head of cabbage. Sometimes it's really big, others it's on the small side. I choose the amounts of carrots accordingly.
Again, because of my laziness, I use baby carrots. If it's a large cabbage, I buy the large size bag; smaller cabbage, small bag.
Leeks? We don' need no steeking leeks! Just grab a big old onion (Vidalias are nice) and cut it into wedges and drop it in.
And what's an Irish stew without potatoes? I always toss in some Yukon Golds. Lately our store has had mesh bags, about 1 1/2 pounds' worth, of tiny fingerling-sized spuds and I just wash those and toss them in, mostly whole but the larger ones get cut in half.
I always forget the apple cider viengar. Sometimes I go back and add it in near the end, otehr times I just leave it ut. Nobody has noticed the difference.
I use a small handful of caraway seeds, bought in bulk at the local HFS.
I usually add a bit more mustard, too. Nothing fancy, just good old Gulden's.
If I have a smaller cabbage, I usually make a loaf of bread to go with it. If I'm energetic I'll make an authentic Irish soda bread, but usually it's just a plain loaf of whole wheat or rye that I toss in the bread machine. Today I have a big head of cabbage and loads of carrots and potatoes, so no bread.
Again, I use the big heavy pot from my pressure cooker and let this simmer all afternoon. The house smells fantastic! Well, at least to me it does. I don't know what the other families in this building think, but if I have to smell their lamb and fish, they can put up with my monthly cabbage meal.