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Joy of Cooking Recipe: Cabbage Gratin

JOY03_400Some of the best recipes are also some of the most basic. This recipe is inspired by that simplicity, using cabbage to create a delicious and homey dish for this holiday season.

*Makes 4 to 6 servings

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
Dust the dish with:
¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup bread crumbs
Heat in a large sauté pan over medium heat:
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
When the pan is hot, add and sauté until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes:
1 leek, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and chopped
Add and sauté until tender and most of the liquid has cooked off:
6 cups shredded cabbage (about 1 pound)
Meanwhile, whisk together in a large bowl:
2 eggs
1 cup cream or whole milk
½ cup grated Swiss, Comté, or Gruyère cheese
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
(⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom)
(Pinch grated nutmeg)
Add the cooked cabbage, pour into the baking dish, and cover the top with:
¼ cup grated Swiss, Comté, or Gruyère cheese
Bake until golden on top, 40 to 50 minutes.

Image courtesy of John Becker

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