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Colorado Cabbage Great for Fall Dishes

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month the recipe features cabbage in the Dutch Oven Sauerkraut recipe.

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On average, Colorado produces more than 110 million pounds of cabbage each year. Good quality cabbage should be well-formed, fairly even colored and heavy for its size. Cabbage leaves should be very compact and fairly smooth. Cabbage is fat free, very low in sodium and high in Vitamin C. Look for Colorado cabbage at your local grocery store, farmers' market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.

Dutch Oven Sauerkraut
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., Executive Chef, Douglas County School District and 5280 Culinary, LLC

2 lbs. Green Cabbage, shredded
2 Yellow Onion, grated
1 lb. Applewood Bacon
1 tsp. Garlic, minced
6 Juniper Berries
1 tbsp. Caraway Seed
2 Bay Leaf
2 tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar
2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
Smoked Applewood Salt to taste                                     

Heat oven to 250°F. On your stove top heat your Dutch oven on high heat. Add the bacon and cook until bacon starts to caramelize. Add the onions and garlic then sauté in the bacon until soft and translucent. Add the cabbage and sauté for 5 minutes to soften. Turn off the heat and remove from the burner. Add the seasonings, sugar and chicken broth and mix well. Cover and put into the oven. Stir one time per hour and cook for 6 hours until soft then season as needed with salt. If the mixture starts to dry out during the cooking, check oven temperature and add more broth as needed.

Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for a complete list of recipes.

Contact:    Wendy White, (303) 869-9174, Wendy.White@state.co.us

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