Provençal cabbage gratin

Every Friday morning my doorbell rings and a box is brought in to my kitchen filled with seasonal, organic and local vegetables, bread, cheese and meat and/or fish. It’s always a great surprise to find out what’s in the box each week! I find it important to try to eat seasonally and locally — I believe it to be more healthy and sustainable in the long run, and I love the challenge of being creative with the contents. Downside in wintertime is an insane about of cabbage! Every winter I’m slightly overwhelmed by the amount and variety of cabbage in my crate: green cabbage, red cabbage, Savoy cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, etc. etc. So my kitchen creativity has been challenged to the top and I’ve been stir frying, making soups and quiche — all contaning some sort of cabbage. One of my favourite recipes (found while desperately searching the web for cabbage recipes), is the ‘Gratin of white cabbage & lentils in a Provençal sauce‘ by Sophie Grigson from the BBC Good Food website. It’s a very unexpected mix of ingredients, but it’s really yummy, super healthy, and it can easily be made in advance and just put in the oven just before dinner time. My kids love it too!

xxx Esther

PS The company delivering the organic box in Amsterdam is ‘De Krat‘, and in London I liked Abel&Cole.
PPS Cabbage recipe suggestions are very welcome!

10 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Bethie | February 10, 2012 | Reply

We participated in a CSA (community supported agriculture) when we lived in DC and always got all kinds of things didn’t know what to do with. Most things are good when chopped and baked onto a pizza though!

As for cabbage, fish tacos are a favourite in our house. Corn (or flour tortillas), fresh fish, cabbage, tomatoes and a cream sauce. There are loads of recipes online and it always ends up being a quick and tasty meal!

2. Emilie | February 10, 2012 | Reply

Looks absolutely delicious!!!

3. Lisa | February 10, 2012 | Reply

This looks delicious. Just got my Abel and Cole box today so I now have a new idea for all that cabbage! Have you ever tried making this with darker greens like kale or chard? Those are the ones I most struggle with to get the kids to eat.

4. Esther in Amsterdam | February 11, 2012

Hi Lisa,
No, I have only tried it with white cabbage or the pointy white/green cabbage (not sure what the official name for that one is!). I’m not sure if it would be good with kale, might be too bitter?
In the Netherlands, we traditionally chop kale very very small, cook it with potatoes in water (about 25 min), and mash and mix everything together with milk, butter, and a little bit of vinegar. We eat it with (smoked) sausage, and different sorts of pickles.
You can also try to fry the kale in oil with a bit of garlic, till crisp, and eat with toasted country bread, goat cheese and soft boiled eggs — great lunch! xxx

5. Lisa | February 16, 2012

Finally got a chance to make this last night – well received by husband and 11 month old, ‘tolerated’ by toddler. I really liked it! Thanks for sharing Esther.

6. Danielle Downey | February 11, 2012 | Reply

Thank you for this! I am in the same boat!

7. Courtney in London | February 11, 2012 | Reply

Just saw this recipe on Pinterest with red cabbage slaw and thought of you. Looks yummy!

8. joanna | February 13, 2012 | Reply

Do you have the Abel and Cole cookbook? It’s one of my favourites. Highly recommended!

Another great recipe for kale (which comes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book – unexpectedly good too!) is to rip it in pieces, toss it in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake it in the oven for about 12 minutes until it’s crispy, absolutely delicious! It adds lovely crunch to anything you sprinkle it over.

I also fry all kinds of cabbage in a bit of olive oil and stir in some carraway seeds. Apparently they cut down the amount of gas that cabbage tends to produce(!) but they’re also very yummy.

9. Esther in Amsterdam | February 13, 2012

I don’t! But I just ordered it ;-). Thanks for the recommendation! And I’m definitely going to try the Gwyneth kale, and buy caraway seeds (because yes, you have a point there). x

10. Karine | February 16, 2012 | Reply

This looks amazing!! I will definitely try it soon. One thing I like to make when I have cabbage is okonomiyaki. It’s pretty easy to make. There are different recipes for it all over the internet but you can check some out here: