If you got a little overzealous with the corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick's Day or were simply craving more boiled cabbage than your stomach could handle, you might be scratching your head trying to figure out what to do with all the leftovers.There are different ways you can incorporate leftover boiled cabbage into dishes, so your preparation efforts, whatever they were, won't go to waste.
Hearty Soups and Stews
Cabbage goes well with soups and stews, so why not add some extra texture and flavor to a warm, hearty batch? YAdd leftover boiled cabbage to a vegetable soup or make an Irish-inspired soup by combining the cabbage with smoky bacon or leftover bits of corned beef and potatoes. Whip up the national dish of Poland called bigos, or hunter's stew, by combining the cabbage with simmered meats, fruits and vegetables for a satisfying meal.
Cabbage makes a tasty base for condiments, some being more traditional than others. For instance, cabbage is perhaps best known for its use in German sauerkraut and American coleslaw. Both can be used as sides or to punch up sandwiches or meat-based dishes. For a slightly more unexpected twist, take your cabbage south of the border by adding it to your favorite Mexican salsa recipe, adding spicy topping to tacos, chips or salads.
Sandwiches save the day when it comes to leftovers. Cabbage is no exception. A corned beef, cabbage and Swiss cheese sandwich on toasted rye might fit the bill for a seasonal treat during March. For a cookout-worthy sandwich during the summer, make some smoky, savory barbecue and cabbage on a toasted bun for an homage to the southern delicacy or cabbage-topped gourmet sausage sandwich.
Asian-Style Cabbage Dishes
If you like Chinese cooking, you're in luck to have all that extra boiled cabbage. Napa cabbage is used in Chinese cooking as well as other Asia recipes. Combine the cabbage with pork and chives to stuff your own homemade dumplings and pot stickers. You could also toss the leftovers into a hot wok with zucchini, carrots and mushrooms, as well as other Asian-inspired ingredients like noodles, rice or your favorite Asian sauce for a quick and easy stir-fry. If you want to branch out of China for your cooking inspiration, look no further than Korea, Make a batch of cabbage-based kimchi with ingredients like fish sauce, chili paste and garlic.
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Megan Burns is a graduate from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish. She has been writing professionally since May 2009 with a Washington, D.C. entertainment blog called Brightest Young Things. Her areas of expertise include music, film and travel.