Cabbage steaks with crispy pancetta and Parmesan
Roasting white cabbage completely transforms this familiar winter veg into a sweet, caramelised side dish. With a crispy pancetta and Parmesan topping, this recipe will ensure even 'cabbage-haters' will love it. What's more, this dish is rich in vitamin C and folate and counts as one of your 5-a-day.
- Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Cut 4 thick slices (about 1-1½cm) from the middle of the cabbage. Leave the core attached to hold the steaks together. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush with half the oil. Add the steaks and brush with the remaining oil. Season and roast for 30 mins, carefully flipping halfway.
- Meanwhile, heat a nonstick frying pan over a high heat. Dry-fry the pancetta until just crisp, then add the garlic, chopped thyme and white wine. Cook for 1 min or until the wine has reduced and become syrupy.
- Remove the steaks from the oven, spoon over the pancetta mix, then sprinkle over the Parmesan and whole thyme leaves. Return to the oven for 5 mins until tender.
Tip: Make the most of white cabbage while it's in season in the spring. It has a distinctive peppery bite and is perfect for adding bite to many recipes.
If eating raw, discard the outer leaves, cut into quarters , then shred finely, discarding the core. Add to coleslaws or pile into tacos with a spicy filling, or toss with lemon juice and olive oil for a crunchy salad. To cook, try stir-frying with a dash of vinegar and pinch of sugar for a sweet-and-sour side.
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