CABBAGE WITH TOMATOES & SOUR CREAM

Makes: 4 servings

Time: 40 min.

A substantial dish from Russia, very good  in winter, when canned tomatoes will do just fine.  I like it with cumin seeds, though caraway seeds are a bit more traditional. 

2 Tbsp. butter

1 med. onion, chopped

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

6 c. shredded cabbage (about 1 head)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 c. chopped tomatoes (drained canned are fine)

1 Tbsp. caraway or cumin seeds (optional)

½ c. sour cream

Put the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat.  When it melts, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 min.  Add the cabbage and raise the heat a bit.  Cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat so the cabbage cooks without browning, until it softens, about 10 min.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add the tomatoes, with the seeds if you’re using them, and cook over lively heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes saucy but thick, 10 to 15 min.  Lower the heat to a minimum, then taste and adjust the seasoning.  Stir in the sour cream and cook for another couple minute, stirring; serve hot.  Taken from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman.

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