Of course, being half Italian and having lived in the Deep South for 20 years, this City Girl knows a thing or two about comfort food.
I love me some collard greens and black eyed peas, but find the best comfort foods are those shared with family and friends around a noisy table. The foods, themselves, didn't really matter as much as who was there, how much we laughed and how often I reflect on those memories.
Unfortunately, for this City Girl autoimmunity means many food allergies. That means my mother's baked ziti and lasagne are off limits, as well as stuffing from the turkey. I've had to develop my own versions of these recipes and some others.
Today I will share my recipe for cabbage and noodles. My husband has declared he likes it better than steak (high praise from him).
City Girl's Cabbage and Noodles
(two-day preparation required)
Ingredients & supplies:
1 large head green cabbage;
plenty of Kosher salt;
several kitchen towels;
wok frying pan or other large-capacity frying pan;
any large lid for pan;
2T extra virgin olive oil;
1 T minced garlic;
2T Earth Balance soy-free margarine; &
Gluten free fettuccine (broken) or regular egg noodles.
The day before:
Remove outside leaves of the cabbage, as well as the core & discard;
Wash whole head of cabbage, looking out for soil and dead insects;
Slice cabbage to make long & wide shred;
layer cabbage in colander, set inside a wide bowl, shaking each layer liberally with Kosher salt;
Refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
Place some cabbage in dry kitchen towel & really wring out tight over sink. The more you squeeze & wring the cabbage, the better. Repeat & change to dry towels as needed until all cabbage is wrung out.
Cook your favorite gluten free or egg noodles in their own pot.
Heat 2 T olive oil in wok, add garlic, then add cabbage , tossing to coat with oil, add margarine , cover cabbage, adjust heat to medium. The trick is to let it brown a bit on the bottom before stirring, letting cabbage brown evenly. It does take a bit of time to achieve this for the whole pan and you may desire to add more oil and/or margarine. Feel free to sit down for 10 mins. between stirrings. Salt and pepper to taste. Cabbage will cook down nicely and make your house good and stinky. Total cook time is around 45 mins.
Toss with cooked noodles & serve. We like to sprinke ours with grated parmesan at the table. Enjoy!
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read about the favorite Comfort Foods of other e-health activists. Until tomorrow.