Braised Savoy Cabbage
This versatile winter dish from Alice Waters is delightful served by itself or mixed with sliced boiled potatoes or crispy bacon.
1 large (or 2 small) Savoy cabbages
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
2 thyme sprigs
2 garlic cloves, chopped
½ cup white wine
½ cup chicken broth or water
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Remove the tough outer leaves of the cabbage and cut the heads in half, then into quarters. Cut out the cores and cut the quarters into thick slices. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat olive oil in a heavy pan. Add carrots, onion and celery and cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes, or until soft. Add bay leaf, thyme, garlic and a dash more salt. Cook for another minute and then stir in the cabbage and white wine.
3. Cover and cook until the wine is mostly evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add chicken broth or water and bring liquid to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover the pan and cook for about 15 minutes until cabbage is tender, stirring two or three times during cooking. Season to taste with salt and white wine vinegar as needed.