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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)



    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 :)