2 large sweet potatoespeeled and cut into 1 cm (1⁄2 in) thick discs
600 ml light cream 35 %
1 whole nutmeg
BRAISED RED CABBAGE
red cabbagefinely shredded
25 g duck fator butter
125 g brown onionsdiced
5 g caraway seeds
2 g juniper berries
2 Bay Leaves
250 ml red wine
100 ml apple juice
100 g large desiree potatoesgrated
50 g honey
125 g unsalted butter
This is the perfect vegetable dish to serve in the middle of the table, hot and sizzling straight from the oven.
I really like the strong red cabbage and wine flavours with the spices, which play against the sweet potato and cream. Of course you can try using white cabbage and, instead of red wine, verjuice.
You will be surprised by the effect of adding the grated white potato to the cabbage – the starch really does make the juice into a lovely velvety sauce. If the cream you use is too heavy, it will split in the oven during cooking and give you a layer of fat on top of your gratin. Pouring cream is best, but if you have thickened (whipping) cream, add a little milk to it to make it thinner.
How to Cook it:
- Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F).
- For the braised red cabbage, put the cabbage in a colander, sprinkle it with 1 tablespoon salt then leave for 1 hour. Rinse the cabbage.
- Melt the duck fat in a large ovenproof frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the onion, caraway seeds, cloves, juniper berries and bay leaves and sweat until the onion is translucent.
- Add the cabbage, wine and apple juice to the pan. Cover with baking paper, transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hour until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Add the potato and cook for another 30 minutes – the potato will give the cabbage a creamy texture.
- Remove from the oven and stir in the honey. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Stir the butter through the hot cabbage mixture. Increase the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F).
- Add the braised cabbage to the frying pan and place the discs of sweet potato on top.
- Pour the cream over slowly, so it works its way into the cabbage and gradually covers the sweet potato.
- Grate over some nutmeg and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Bake for 30–45 minutes or until golden and bubbling.
- Serve hot.
Medicinal Benefits- Skin, Heart
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins A (for good vision), B complex (for healthy skin and hair), C (to boost immunity) and K (to help with blood clotting). They also contain potassium, which helps balance the body’s fluids and lower blood pressure.
This recipe was published in Mike’s second cookbook – Real Food by Mike: Seasonal Wholefood Recipes for Wellbeing. The book features a ton of delicious recipes and is available to purchase from Amazon.