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Baked Salad- Lemony Cabbage Wedge

I bought a head of cabbage thinking I didn’t like the taste, but mistaken after realizing it makes a beautiful presentation when cut into wedges and simply baked.  I had no clue what to do with it so I turned to Yummly (a foodie’s version of Pinterest).  It reminds me of brussels sprouts where the outer leaves crisp up and tastes very similar when roasted.  This was intended for St. Patty’s Day, however I am a little late so it will do any time you want something other than a cold green salad on your plate.

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The pre-baked wedges

Ingredients

1 medium-sized head of green cabbage
2 T olive oil (I used lemon infused)
2-3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used 2 T for the cabbage in these photos, but next time I’d use even more lemon)
generous amount of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
lemon slices, for serving cabbage

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F Spray a roasting pan with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  2. Cut the head of cabbage into 8 same-size wedges, cutting through the core and stem end. Then carefully trim the core strip and stem from each wedge and arrange wedges in a single layer on the roasting pan.  TIPS: I waited to cut out the core until after flipping each wedge to keep them together.  Also I used aluminum foil to protect baking sheet.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice (use the larger amount of lemon juice if you like a lot of lemon like I do.) Then use a pastry brush to brush the top sides of each cabbage wedge with the mixture and season generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Turn cabbage wedges carefully, then brush the second side with the olive oil/lemon juice mixture and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast cabbage for about 15 minutes, or until the side touching the pan is nicely browned. Then turn each wedge carefully and roast 10-15 minutes more, until the cabbage is nicely browned and cooked through with a bit of chewiness remaining. Serve hot, with additional lemon slices to squeeze lemon juice on at the table if desired.
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Golden brown wedges with the best lemon oil from O&Co.

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BONUS: A nice green salad with toasted almonds and grilled chicken is always another option. My personal favorite with aged balsamic vinegar and mustard vinaigrette!

 

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