Cheesy Cabbage with Apple
This one sounds strange, I know, but give it a chance. This is a dish that is perfect for the entree, as it is incredibly filling. Eating mostly cabbage as a meal isn't something that most people do, or are even willing to do, but try it out and then make up your mind! Vegetarians and meat eaters all love this one, as it leaves you feeling full and satisfied, plus it's super nutritious! This is one that allows you to make a lot at once, so if you're cooking for the whole family, it's perfect.
Cheesy cabbage with apple is incredibly easy and the prep. time is very minimal because most of the ingredients are in the name. This one also allows you to personalize it for you, as there's a ton of flexibility with the ingredients. So be brave, try it!
Head of red(purple) cabbage. Green is okay too, as I've made both, but I personally prefer the red. If you opt for the green, it's very light so please make sure it is cabbage and not a head of lettuce.
2-3 apples of choice. I don't like this with green apples because the taste is overpowering for the cabbage.
Cheese of choice. I prefer goat cheese, however any cheese should work. I have also used blue cheese and sheep cheese. Get the cheese as a block instead of slices or shredded. It's important to have it be as natural as possible instead of heavily processed.
Parsley. A fresh bunch is prefered.
How to make it:
First, clean the cabbage and apples thoroughly, especially if they are not organic. Skin the apples and slice the cabbage. The cabbage should be sliced as if they are giant pancakes or a filet of steak. The thickness if up to you, but I go with about a 1 inch width. Then clean the cabbage and apples again.
Place the cabbage on the oven sheet and drizzle olive oil all of them. As usual, I am very generous with my olive oil. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over each of them and let that sit for a couple of min.
Slice the apples the same way that you sliced the cabbage, but of course much thinner. You will be layering things almost like lasagna, if that helps with the visual. If you choose, sprinkle cinnamon on the apples then place the apples on top of the cabbage, being the next layer.
Drizzle a little more olive oil over the top and if you choose, a bit more salt and pepper. Place some parsley on top of each of them.
Bake for a minimum of 30 min. It should take 30-45 min, depending on your desire. The edges of the cabbage should be crispy and the inside should be somewhat tender. It shouldn't be soft, but definitely not too hard to use a fork and knife with.
This is about what it should look like before it goes in the oven. The shredded cheese was a random addition this time only because we had a tiny bit left that I needed to use. This version was with blue cheese and yellow apples. Below is the after. Try it out!
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