Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cabbage Ground Beef Stew


This is one of those weekday dishes that sound fairly boring, and it's not much to look at. However, it's really good, and it should have a nice balance between sweet, salty and slightly sour. Cabbage is still very much in season, so buy a nice big head and try to use it up in a few days. It has lots of vitamin C, and it's good in a whole lot of dishes. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

Chicken Cabbage Salad with Feta Cheese

Lime Jalapeño Slaw with Peanuts
Chèvre Lemon Cabbage
and obviously - Cole Slaw.

Cabbage Ground Beef Stew
Serves 4

500 g ground beef
1 onion, medium size
2 garlic cloves
1 leek
400 g cabbage
oil, for frying
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
salt, pepper

Chop onion and garlic, and slice the leek and cabbage finely. Fry the beef, garlic, leek and onion in a heavy pan with a little bit of oil. After a few minutes, add the cabbage and leave to fry for five more minutes or so. Add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar, and let it cook for five minutes. Season to taste, and serve - it's good on its own or with hot sauce, but for more traditional Swedish flavors, serve it with boiled potatoes and lingonberries.

Recipe in Swedish:
Kål- och köttfärsgryta


Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Thank you Anna! This will be our dinner tonight. Looks wonderful and filling for houseful of guys.

Anonymous said...

Hello anne,
I have link my blog eith your , all of your food and menu are so delicious.Hope one day i will have the chance to go for a holiday to Sweden and visit my favorite store IKEA.We have one in Kuala Lumpur ,the largest outlet is south east asia.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe; I've tried it yesterday evening and it's really nice.

Unknown said...

Thank you Anne,

I had been looking for something not so Asian to do with cabbage. It was one of the vegetables I hated growing up but living in the islands of the pacific for a few years learned was not too bad. I made this tonight and was delighted with the taste. Thanks again and I look forward to stumbling upon more on your blog.

Alanna Kellogg said...

Count me up as another fan of this simple dish!

Anonymous said...


I have to say it's been great browsing through you recipes! I have been wanting to try some foreign foods and this just looked so great! Something out of the ordinary, yet something so simple. I seem to always have these ingredients on hand!

I just cooked it up for my husband and I, and I really really like it. I love that it's a one pot meal! We paired it with boiled eggs and boiled potatoes.


-Love in Vermont,


Joe Miller said...

Thank you. Wonderful recipe. Added baked sweet potatoes, nutmeg and red pepper flakes.