Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fresh cabbage salad

I really love cabbage in all its glorious forms: fresh, cooked, sour, any kind. This salad is made with fresh cabbage and it is typically prepared this way here in Bavaria.

The caraway and smoked ham give a wonderful taste and balance well with the freshness of the cabbage. My favourite smoked ham is Schwarzwald ham and I used it here as well, but any kind of smoked ham or bacon work fine as well.

Fresh cabbage saladserves 2
200 gr white cabbage
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 finely diced shallot
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tbsp diced smoked ham
salt and pepper

Slice the cabbage as thinly as you can. Salt it and rub until it stars releasing the juice. Set aside.

Cook the smoked ham in a pan until slightly crunchy, add the caraway seeds and take off the cooker. Pour away some of the cabbage juice and add ham, shallot and vinegar, blend everything. Season with pepper, some more salt if necessary, and serve. Can be kept in the fridge over night, tastes even better the next day.

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