As Laura talked about yesterday, we are keeping to safe foods that we know are easy, tasty and, most importantly are safe foods. No excitement, no creativity, but good happy comfort foods that make our tummies happy. We all have these foods, the food we fall back upon when things are rough. Last night we had a reprise of Cabbage with Apple Cider Sauce. This time, though we used rye berries instead of dumplings (still no flour to spare), and sine we provided no recipe last time, here is a slightly modified version from Asparagus to Zucchini.
Cabbage with Bacon and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- 4 slices of smoked bacon
- 3 cups of apple cider
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tart green apple, peeled (or not), cored and diced
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 6 cups thinly sliced cabbage
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- Cook the bacon until fat is rendered and pieces are crispy. Remove bacon, drain on paper towels. Reserve the bacon fat.
- Place apple cider in a saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce it to 1/2 cup of cider syrup.
- In a second saucepan, cook the onion in about 1 tbs bacon fat until translucent. Add the cider reduction, diced apple, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about a minute. Set aside
- Heat a little more bacon fat (or butter or olive oil to taste) in a large saute pan pretty hot. Add the cabbage, in parts is need be, and allow to wilt and brown a little.
- Toss the cooked cabbage with the vinaigrette, reserved crumbled bacon, and dumplings, spaeztle or rye berries. Garnish with parsley and serve.
This may seem strange at first, but it really tastes like a super hippy peanut butter cookie. It is a dessert that we crave, especially during delicata squash season. Peanut butter and squash is a marvelous combination. We might might make a peanut soup with squash and sweet potatoes, if we can bear to part with that much peanut butter without putting any maple syrup in it. Mmmm…. peanut butter and maple syrup.
Tomorrow is ode to food day (also known as Thanksgiving). We have a packed fridge, plenty of food and a wild food worship day ahead. May everyone’s Thanksgiving preparation and execution go well!