Soy Sausage-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

  • 1 large head green cabbage
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 14-oz. packages beef-flavored soy sausages
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. white pepper
  • 3 cups bottled pasta sauce or homemade tomato sauce

Lightly grease a large shallow casserole.  Remove 12 large leaves from the cabbage and set aside.  Shred enough of the remaining cabbage to make 1 cup.  Save the rest of the cabbage for another use.  Put the shredded cabbage, bay leaves and garlic in the bottom of the casserole.  In a separate pan, blanch the reserved cabbage leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes.  Remove and set aside.  Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat and saute onion and sausage for 3 minutes.  Reduce heat and add the rice salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper.  Mix well.  Divide the mixture among the 12 leaves, rolling each one up, tucking the ends toward the center and fastening with a toothpick.  Place in the casserole dish.  Pour the sauce over the rolls, cover tightly and simmer 30 minutes.

Serves 6.

From The Whole Soy Cook Book by Patricia Greenberg.

Sautéed Chinese Cabbage with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Apples

  • 4 cups thinly sliced Chinese cabbage
  • 1 med. onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tart green apple
  • 8 oz. ripe blue cheese
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbs.  walnut or olive oil.
  • Salt

If you choose to use walnut oil, be aware that it will scorch more readily than other oils. In a large skillet sauté the onion in the oil until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add the chopped Chinese cabbage and salt.  Sauté  4-5 minutes or until the cabbage wilts.  Add the walnuts, cook 1-2 minutes more.  Remove to serving dish, top with chopped apple and crumbled blue cheese and serve warm.

Russian Cabbage Borscht

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped onion or leek
  • 4 c. stock or water
  • 1 1/2 c. thinly sliced potato
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. thinly sliced beets
  • black pepper
  • 1 large sliced carrot
  • 1/4 tsp. dill weed
  • 1 stalk chopped celery (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 3 c. chopped cabbage
  • 1 c. tomato puree
  • 1 scant tsp. caraway seeds
  • sour cream for topping

Begin cooking onions or leek in butter in a large kettle. Add caraway seeds and salt and cook until translucent. Add celery, carrots, potatoes, beets and cabbage. Add water and simmer slowly for 45 minutes. About 15 minutes before serving add pepper, dill weed, vinegar, and tomato puree. Taste to correct seasoning. Serve topped with sour cream.

From the Moosewood Cookbook.

Roasted Onions on a bed of Herbs

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 large onions, halved
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh herbs (like dill or parsley)
  • 1 cup dry white wine or water

Heat the butter and oil in a wide skillet, then add onions, cut sides down.  Cook over medium high heat until well-browned, about 15 minutes.  When browned, turn them over and cook on the curved side for a few minutes,  Season well with salt and pepper.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line the bottom of a 10 inch earthenware dish with the herbs.  Place the onions, browned side up, on the herbs and pour in the wine.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake until tender when pierced with a knife, 1 hour or longer.  You can serve the onions with a quick vinegar sauce made by deglazing the skillet with 2 Tbsp. of sherry vinegar.

Serves 6.

From Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.

Red Cabbage Saute

  • 2 lbs. red cabbage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ lbs. tart green apples, peeled, quartered, and sliced
  • ½ c. butter (I use less)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. cloves
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • black pepper to taste
  • ¾ c. beer

Sauté the cabbage, onions and apples in the butter for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover, lower the heat, and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The cabbage can be served at this point but improves if allowed to cool and reheated several hours later or the next day.  From The Vegetarian Epicure Book Two by Anna Thomas

Pizza Primavera

For the dough:

  • ½ tsp. active yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil

For the topping:

  • 2-3 fresh onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 6 large plum tomatoes (canned or frozen)
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • ¼ – ½ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella or 8-oz. soft goat cheese

In a small bowl, stir the yeast in the water and set aside until foamy.  Place flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center.  Add the beaten egg and olive oil in the well and begin incorporating the flour.  As you mix, stir in the dissolved yeast.  Continue mixing until a supple dough forms; you may need to adjust either the water or flour.  Knead the dough until silky smooth, transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover loosely with wax paper and let rest.  Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan or casserole, cook the onions and garlic in the olive oil over low heat until thoroughly softened and lightly golden; approx. 20 mins.  Add chopped tomatoes and cook, stirring often until the mixture is very thick; approx. 15 mins.  Season with salt and pepper and let cool.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees, divide the dough into two pieces and roll each piece out into an 8 inch crust.  Place the crusts on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, spread with the onion mixture, scatter zucchini, mushrooms, olives etc. and top with your choice of cheese.  If using the goat chesse or other soft cheese scatter in small pieces.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is golden.  Can be served hot or at room temperature.

New Potato and Spring Onion Pizza

  • 1 1-pound package refrigerated pizza dough
  • Cornmeal and/or flour for pan or pizza stone
  • 1 spring onion, chopped using white and light green parts
  • 3-4 medium new potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere, aged Gouda or other flavorful cheese

Heat oven to 450ー F.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal or flour and place the dough on top.

Combine the onions, potatoes, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Scatter the potato mixture over the dough and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake until the crust is golden, about 20 minutes. Slice into wedges and transfer to individual plates.

Mirepoix

Mirepoix, raw, roasted, or sauteed with butter or olive oil, is the flavor base for a wide variety of dishes such as stocks, soups, stews and sauces.

1 cup diced onions

1/2 cup diced carrot

1/2 cup diced celeriac

Try to dice vegetables to a uniform size. You can dice into larger pieces for a longer-cooking recipe, smaller for a shorter cooking time. The diced vegetables can be sauteed in olive oil or butter over relatively low heat until starting to brown. A littlle tomato sauce can then be added if desired.

Maye’s Red Cabbage Salad

  • 2 lbs. red cabbage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ lbs. tart green apples, peeled, quartered, and sliced
  • ½ c. butter (I use less)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. cloves
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • black pepper to taste
  • ¾ c. beer

Sauté the cabbage, onions and apples in the butter for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover, lower the heat, and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The cabbage can be served at this point but improves if allowed to cool and reheated several hours later or the next day.

From The Vegetarian Epicure Book Two by Anna Thomas

Kohlrabi and Chicken Stew

  • 3-4 lb. Chicken
  • 2 lb. kohlrabi/broccoli stems
  • 3/4 lb. Carrots
  • 4 Tb butter
  • 4 cups sliced onions
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • pinch saffron threads
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 quart chicken broth or water
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 1/2 small cabbage

Cut chicken into serving pieces. Peel kohlrabis and/or broccoli stems; cut larger ones into 1-inch chunks. Cut cabbage into 1/4-inch strips. Peel carrots and slice diagonally into 1/2-inch thick pieces.

In a large saucepan, heat the butter and sauté the onions, tomatoes, salt and spices for 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Add the broth or water and parsley. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the kohlrabis and carrots, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Finally, add the cabbage and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until all the vegetables are completely tender.

Adapted from The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash