Thursday, March 17, 2011

Oma's Red Cabbage

I was raised by a Dutch mother who occasionally fixed authentic food from Holland. I learned to love curry, croquettes, Dutch cucumbers and anything with nutmeg in it. A few years ago my aunt compiled a cookbook of my Oma's favorite Dutch recipes and gave it to me for Christmas. I think being the oldest granddaughter, and someone who loves to cook, I think I'm one of the only grandchildren who regularly incorporates Dutch food into their everyday cooking. I have to thank my mother, my Oma and my Aunt Francis for giving this love of wonderful flavors that the Dutch embrace.

 Today for St Patty's day I'm making corn beef, but instead of the Irish way of doing cabbage I'm doing it the Dutch way. The smell emanating from my kitchen takes me back to my childhood and my Oma's house, I can't wait for dinner tonight.

1 medium red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp pepper
1TBSP uncooked rice
1 small onion, finely diced
2 sour apples, cut into pieces or use applesauce
1 TBSP lemon juice or vinegar
2 tsp butter

Place cut cabbage in pan and add a little water, cook until tender. Place all ingredients except lemon juice and butter into pan and stir together until simmering. Add lemon juice and butter. Let simmer until ready to eat. ( I simmer for same amount of time as it takes to cook the corned beef, this really develops the flavors)

Serves 6
Ingredients minus the lemon juice and butter
Isn't that color gorgeous?
I jumped the gun and threw everything into the pot to all
cook at the same time. Oh well :)

I'll post a picture later on of the finished product. I wanted
you to have time to make this yummy vegetable!



  1. This looks delicious! Can't wait to see the final product!

  2. I was too late to try this for St. Patty's Day, but it looks delicious! We LOVE cabbage dishes around our house. Thank you.

  3. I think I forgot to take a final picture, oops! But trust me, it tasted delicious!