7 coleslaw recipes that go beyond coleslaw

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Aug 8 — Cabbage is a dense, leafy cauliflower crop that grows easily in Maine and stores well through long winters. Even if you don’t grow cabbage, it’s inexpensive to buy a large head of collard or purple cabbage at the grocery store to reap its many nutritional benefits and hearty crunch.

In American diets, cabbage has been classified as the main ingredient in mayonnaise-laden coleslaw, but cabbage is much more than that. Here are 7 cabbage recipes that will get the most out of this delicious harvest.

Cabbage fritters

Move over potatoes, there’s a new grated donut in town. These delicious fried treats can be eaten for lunch or dinner or as a hearty side dish. Serve it with a salad on the side, or add grilled sausage, ham or pinches of bacon for extra delight. Try this coleslaw recipe the next time you’re looking for a crispy dinner treat and save the leftovers for breakfast.

Sweet and sour cabbage and apples

Sweet and sour sauce is the key to bringing together the flavors of apple and crispy cabbage in this sweet and sour cabbage and apple recipe.

Colcannon

Colcannon is a classic Irish dish of sautéed cabbage cooked in bacon fat with onions or leeks and mashed with boiled potatoes. You can serve the dish with some fried sausage or pickles on the side and topped with delicious cheese. Try this colcannon recipe for a family of four, or this colcannon recipe for two.

Roasted cabbage with smoked salmon

This roasted cabbage and smoked salmon recipe really puts the cabbage in the spotlight, with the heads cut into quarters and brushed with a pleasant citrus acidity that is divinely delicious when paired with salted smoked salmon.

Stir-fried cabbage with capers and black olives

This recipe for sautéed cabbage with capers and black olives is perfectly balanced with a hint of sweet and sour vinegar, a sweet touch of sugar and the salty flavor of olives and capers. You can adjust the recipe to your liking, using red cabbage instead of green, adding more olives and capers, or adjusting the amount of sugar and vinegar.

Winter cabbage salad with sausages

OK, I said no coleslaw, but this warm winter coleslaw with sausage is very different from the creamy coleslaw you probably know. Sprinkle vinaigrette on a bunch of shredded cabbage sautéed with bacon fat and onions, top it with grilled sausage and suddenly you have a perfect cold night supper.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut, or tangy fermented cabbage, is a great starting point for people taking their first stab at fermentation. Here are the basics for making your own sauerkraut at home.

Crispy fresh cabbage can be used for more than just a coleslaw. Add these recipes to your rotation to get the most out of this inexpensive and filling vegetable.

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