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Simmered Cabbage with Beef


At the end of a work week, often I have lonely vegetables left in the fridge and I’m out of ideas on what to do with them. That was the case this week. I had a head of cabbage, some meatballs, and a shriveled up shallot that I refused to let die alone. I grabbed my cookbook from Cooking Light and searched the index for cabbage. Not only did it look easy and yummy, but the recipe actually called for my destitute shallot. I wasn’t going to have to resort to sneaky substitutions. My shallot had a purpose. Winking smile  I made a substitution of olive oil for peanut oil and almonds for peanuts.

This style of cooking is  found in Northern Thailand and among the Shan people in Myanmar. It involves a slow simmer, under a tightly sealed lid, and a list of ingredients that have been combined with very little water and little or no oil.


~cabbage beef

Simmered Cabbage with Beef, Shan Style

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly vertically sliced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 pound ground sirloin (I used sirloin meatballs)
  • 4 cups finely shredded cabbage (about 1 small head)
  • 1 cup thin plum tomato wedges (about 2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted almonds

    1. Heat a wok or Dutch oven over medium heat.
    2. Add oil to pan, and swirl to coat.
    3. Add shallots, salt, turmeric, and red pepper; cook for 3 minutes or until shallots are tender, stirring frequently.
    4. Add beef meatballs; cook for 2 minutes or until the beef begins to brown.
    5. Add cabbage and tomato; toss well to combine.
    6. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 30 minutes or until cabbage wilts.
    7. Remove from heat, toss with almonds

    This recipe appeared in The New Way to Cook Light (2012)


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    Friday 13th of September 2013

    Dinner Jackpot! I have a head of cabbage and a package of meatball mixture in the frig so I went searching for a recipe that used both and I found this!! Dinner tonight will make my famly's ears wiggle! Thanks for the "lazy cabbage roll" recipe.


    Monday 23rd of September 2013

    I hope it worked out for you :)


    Friday 26th of April 2013

    I like to play that game too! What can I make with what's in the fridge! There is something very satisfying about not wasting! Thanks for this great recipe!


    Thursday 2nd of May 2013

    Ha! I can't begin to name the "hybrid" meals that result from Refridge Roulette. I hope you like this one :)