Every once in a while I really get a hankering for a good cabbage casserole. It reminds me of my Grama & Grampa. Grama used to make it, and then after she got sick, Grampa would make it (just not quite so successfully - it usually had some hard rice in it, but he tried <3 ).
So when I saw a recipe recently for a Hamburger Cabbage Stir Fry, I thought I'd try it. Looked simple enough.
1 pound ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small head of of cabbage, chopped
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP sesame oil (I have toasted sesame oil and thought it added a nice flavor)
Pinch of powdered ginger
Pinch of cayenne, optional
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp Splenda
1 bunch green onions, chopped
In a very large skillet or wok, brown the ground beef with the garlic and a little salt and pepper. DO NOT drain the ground beef. Add the cabbage and mushrooms. Stir-fry until the cabbage is tender-crisp. Add all remaining ingredients and heat through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Now, I will admit, I forgot the splenda (or sugar), and I didn't buy the green onions because they looked very sad at the store.
But, I would say that the result was very... meh. Not great, terribly salty (even tho I did use low-sodium soy sauce), and just something I don't believe I would make again. But Jeff ate two bowls, and took the leftovers to work for lunch one day. So it couldn't have been too bad, right?
I guess I just need to find Grama's recipe and make the dish of my childhood.
And something not quite related - I want to try roasted cabbage, but don't like caraway or fennel seeds. Can anyone make a recommendation on seasoning?