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Garlicky Tomato Grilled Cabbage with Crunchy Breadcrumbs

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  • Prep Time5 mins
  • Total Time50 mins
  • Makes6 to 8 servings
Garlicky Tomato Grilled Cabbage with Crunchy Breadcrumbs

Produced by Stephanie Han Kim; Photography by Christie Vuong; Food Styling by Matthew Kimura; Prop Styling by Christine Hanlon.

This is a perfect side dish (that can be transformed into a dinner casserole), using nearly overripe tomatoes to make a sauce that coats charred, tender-crisp grilled cabbage. You can use a barbecue, a grill pan or even the broiler. And while the anchovies are optional, they are highly recommended, providing a delicious umami base note to the dish.—Camilla Wynne

Crispy Breadcrumbs

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 tsp salt

Grilled Cabbage

  • 1/2 large cabbage

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 3 anchovies, optional

  • 2 very ripe tomatoes

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Breadcrumbs: Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high; add breadcrumbs and salt. Stir constantly until breadcrumbs are golden and begin to smell toasty, about 3 to 5 min. Transfer to a bowl and reserve. Wipe out skillet.

  • Cabbage: Grease grill and heat on medium-high. Cut cabbage through core into 1-in. wedges. Drizzle or brush with 1 tbsp oil. Grill for 6 to 9 min per side, until tender and lightly charred. Transfer to cutting board, remove core and chop into 2-in. pieces.

  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-low. Grate or finely chop garlic and add to oil with anchovies. Cook for 3 to 5 min, until fragrant and anchovies have broken down. Cut tomatoes in half and grate on the large holes of a box grater, leaving just the skin behind. Add grated tomato flesh, salt and pepper to pan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Cook until reduced by about one-third, 10 to 15 min.

  • Toss cabbage with tomato sauce and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Scatter with crispy breadcrumbs just before serving.

Kitchen tip

Save almost-overripe tomatoes for this grilled cabbage; the results will be saucier and that much sweeter.

Cheesy Cabbage and White Bean Casserole

Cheesy cabbage and white bean casserole made with leftover grilled cabbage Produced by Stephanie Han Kim; Photography by Christie Vuong; Food Styling by Matthew Kimura; Prop Styling by Christine Hanlon.

To turn Garlicky Tomato Grilled Cabbage leftovers into a delicious casserole, mix with drained and rinsed canned white beans and cheese—grated Asiago or smoked mozzarella, or torn fresh mozzarella will work well. Pat the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake at 350F for 30 to 40 min, until hot, melty and browned on top.

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