Czechoslovakian Braised Cabbage (Dusene Zeli) Recipe

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  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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This Czechoslovakian braised cabbage recipe - dusene zeli - is easy to prepare, but it takes about 1 hour to braise properly. Still, the ingredients are few and simple and the dish makes a great accompaniment to many meat offerings. This recipe is a good candidate for a slow cooker.

SHORTCUT: Use pre-shredded cabbage.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat (or butter or olive oil)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 slices bacon (chopped 1/4 inch)
  • 3 pounds cabbage (1 head, white or green, cored and shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or more to taste)
  • Black pepper to taste (freshly ground)

How to Make It

  1. In large skillet or Dutch oven, heat bacon fat and saute onions 8-10 minutes or until lightly colored. Stir in bacon and cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add cabbage and caraway seeds, mixing well.
  2. Cover and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Add vinegar, water, salt, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover tightly and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour over low heat, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is done to your liking. Add water if necessary.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 105
    Total Fat 3 g
    Saturated Fat 1 g
    Unsaturated Fat 2 g
    Cholesterol 3 mg
    Sodium 473 mg
    Carbohydrates 17 g
    Dietary Fiber 6 g
    Protein 4 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)