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Cooking the Magazines: Roasted Cabbage and Pear Salad

Natalie McLaury considers herself a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines. Never one to pass up a good deal on a subscription, it’s to the point where she now finds herself receiving a magazine in the mail several times a week. Most of the time, she rips out pages of recipes but fails to actually create the recipe in her kitchen. Not anymore! Join Natalie as she cooks the magazines.
By Natalie McLaury

Kale is popular. I know so, because I’m seeing it in every magazine I open, on every restaurant menu I scan, and sold out from my local grocery store. Cabbage?! Cabbage is less popular, unless you’re eating mayo-filled coleslaw or alongside of corned beef in March. I don’t mind the stuff, especially in this (non-mayo)slaw and crazy soup with scotch oats! When I saw the spread on cabbage in October’s Better Homes and Gardens issue, I decided to find a few more ways to enjoy the forgotten vegetable. I got so excited that I found myself with not one, but two heads of cabbage in my refrigerator, meaning you can expect a few more cabbage recipes in the weeks to come!

Do yourself a favor and grab a head next time you’re at the grocery store. It’s time for you to get roasting! I’ve long known that roasting vegetables is the way to go, but never had I though it would transform a lowly cabbage into something so impressive. The large wedges of cabbage retain their crispness in the hot oven but take on a smoky flavor as the edges begin to brown. The roasted pears are an ideal accompaniment, sweet and soft. With lemon juice, walnuts, and blue cheese to finish the salad, you’d honestly never guess that it’s cabbage you’re eating. I will absolutely be adding cabbage to my shopping cart this fall and winter, especially while pears are in season.

Roasted Cabbage and Pear Salad
 
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A simple salad of roasted cabbage and pears with walnuts and blue cheese
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Recipe Type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • -1 head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
  • -2 pears, cored and cut into thin slices
  • -1 tbsp olive oil
  • -salt & pepper, to taste
  • -half of one lemon
  • -1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • -blue cheese, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place cabbage and pears on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Toss cabbage and pears with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast at 400F for 40-45 minutes, turning once.
  3. Remove from oven and arrange on platter. Sprinkle with walnuts and blue cheese. Squeeze lemon juice over salad.
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from Better Homes and Gardens October 2012

 

Natalie McLaury

Natalie McLaury

Natalie McLaury is a St Louis based food writer with a passion for real food and experimenting in the kitchen. Her cooking ranges from healthy three course meals to decadent desserts, and she shares many of her food tips and recipes on her successful The Sweets Life blog . As an avid runner and fitness expert, she also gives the occasional tips on how to combine a serious interest in health with a sweet tooth.

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Originally Published: November 19, 2012

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