When I posted this recipe on my Danish blog, I had no idea it would be so popular. The post went semi-viral and was liked by almost 5000 people on Facebook and shared by many hundreds. I was stunned! I mean, it’s the simplest dish really and normally cabbage and ground beef aren’t the sexiest of ingredients.
But I understand why people liked it so much. I, myself, couldn’t believe how something this simple could taste this good.
Apart from being a tasty and filling meal, it’s a winner for these following qualities:
- It’s cheap! Let’s face it. White cabbage and ground beef don’t cost much.
- It’s both low carb, LCHF, paleo and Whole30 approved.
- You make this giant serving and have food for days. I love leftovers. Especially delicious ones like this one. And it’s like it gets even better the next day.
- My kids love it! Even the one who doesn’t normally like white cabbage.
- It works well for lunch too! I managed to eat it cold in the train going to the other side of the country for one of my speeches.
- It also tastes great with your morning eggs.
- You can choose whatever spice suits you best. I’m planning on making a curry version for next time.
I wish I could take credit for this recipe but I adapted it from one of my favorite Swedish bloggers. Check out her blog HERE.
SERVES 8 PERSONS
- 1 large head of white cabbage
- 4 large carrots, grated
- 120 g coconut oil or ghee (may sound like a lot but divide it by 8 and it’s a healthy amount of good fat)
- 4 onions, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 kg ground beef
- 2-3 tablespoons of mixed spices (cajun, BBQ or shawarma)*
- 1-2 tsp ground coriander
- 1-2 tsp ground cumin
- a dash of chili, cayenne or similar
- plenty of salt and pepper
* Make sure your spices don’t contain sugar or potato starch. Unfortunately, many of them do.
2. Heat up coconut oil or ghee in a large frying pan and fry grated cabbage and carrots together with chopped onion and garlic. Since the portion is so large, you may have to do this three times.
3. Place the fried cabbage/carrot mixture in a large greased baking dish.
4. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F
5. Fry the ground beef in coconut oil/ghee in a frying pan together with all the spices.
6. Mix the ground beef into the cabbage mixture in the baking dish and toss them well together.
7. Place in the bottom of the oven and cook for 1-1,5 hours or until the cabbage is brown and nicely caramelized. Stir every 20-30 minutes.
8. Allow to cool and serve with a green salad on the side.