Cabbage with juniper

Cabbage with juniper

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 15 mins - 18 mins


Serves 8
A quick-to-make vegetarian side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal130
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.27g


  • 2 tsp juniper berry
  • 3 tbsp gin



    Gin has enjoyed a huge revival recently. It's usually served alongside tonic water (a…

  • 100ml whole milk, preferably Channel Island
  • 1 large green cabbage
  • 1 large leek (or 2 small ones), trimmed



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 scant tsp Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder
  • 6 heaped tbsp full-fat fromage frais (about 200g/8oz)


  1. Crush the juniper berries thoroughly using a pestle and mortar (or bash with a rolling pin, in a sealed plastic bag). Tip into a pan with the gin and milk and put over a high heat. Bring to the boil and bubble for 3 minutes, stirring now and again. Remove from heat, season with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

  2. Discard the tatty outer leaves of the cabbage, then cut it into eighths. Cut out and discard the hard core from each wedge then slice crossways into ruler-wide strips. Halve the leek lengthways, then cut into 1cm/½in wide chunks. Tip the vegetables into a colander and rinse with water.

  3. Put the butter into a very large pan or wok and add the vegetables, plus residual water. Sprinkle on the bouillon powder and season well. Cover the pan and sit over a medium heat.

  4. Leave the lid on for the first 6 minutes but remove every 2 minutes to toss the cabbage. Remove the lid and cook and toss the cabbage for 4-6 minutes more. Tip into a colander and drain well. Return to the pan and keep warm.

  5. Replace the small pan over a low heat, whisk in the fromage frais and season with black pepper. Gently warm the sauce (it will split if you boil it), then pour over the cabbage and toss.

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9th Sep, 2010
This recipe is very good.
3rd Feb, 2009
I used this recipe more as a guide as opposed to following it step-by-step. I mixed the juniper berries, gin & milk together and put it over a low heat, bringing it up to a simmer & steamed my cabbage over it. I then mixed some of the cooking liquid with 0% fat greek yoghurt to dress the cabbage once cooked. You could certainly taste all the flavours and it was much lower fat!!
16th Nov, 2007
This is a really creamy dish, I'm watching my weight so I use half fat milk instead.
31st Oct, 2007
Brilliant, sounded horrible but was a real family please. My two girls really enjoyed this.
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