I have another recipe showing up soon, but today, you get this gem. Actually requested, it’s made with cabbage, vinegar and it’s boiled. Yea, I was equally skeptical until I tried it, which is why I’m writing up now. This one is from The Great Salsa Book and was shared with me. Which also means that now I’m going to have to have this book.
As seen above, served this with some thick cut pork chops and it was great. Equally good with a chip or a spoon! You will want to try this one.
- Unseasoned Rick Wine Vinegar – 1 12oz bottle
- 1c Water
- 4 Serrano Chilies, sliced (leave the seeds you sissy). If they are big, you only need 2 unless you like it spicy!
- 3tbls sugar
- 1/2tsp Salt – I did 2 good pinches of Kosher salt here, about 1tbls
- 1 20oz can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 bunch cilantro, mincend
- 1 head of white cabbage, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
Stick with me here. Your whole house is going to smell like an ass factory, but the end result is really worth it. A quick note about the Serranos; handle these little guys with gloves, cut them first, put them into a bowl by themselves and then clean everything really well, unless you want everything that you cut with the knife and board for a week to be spicy!
Into a large sauce pan, add the vinegar, water, serranos, sugar and salt. Bring this to a boil and reduce by half, about 10 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes, remove from heat.
Strain the mixture and save the liquid. Move into a bowl to cool and add back 2tbls of the reserved liquid. Don’t ice bath this! You can cool it quickly in the freezer in about 15-20 minutes.
Add the remain ingredients, stir to combine.
This benefits from a solid hour in the fridge to get cool and for the flavors to mingle, if not longer.
Vinegar, while making your house smell horrible, really knocks the bitter out of the cabbage. Instead of a salsa that tastes like cabbage, you get a salsa that is very hearty, slightly sweet, spicy and delicious! I will be making another batch of this for my Super Bowl festivities for sure!