Braised Red Cabbage with Chestnuts
With slightly tart and sweet accents and aromatic caraway seasoning, braised red cabbage is an excellent foil to the richness of roasted duck. You may omit the chestnuts, if desired.
Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate cabbage for up to 2 days. Reheat in a casserole with 1/2 cup water, covered, at 350°F for 40 to 50 minutes.
Ingredient Note: You can find convenient cooked chestnuts in cans or vacuum-sealed containers at specialty stores or through mail-order; try amazon.com (Gourmet Food tab), chestnutsonline.com.
To cook chestnuts: Eight ounces of fresh chestnuts yields about 1 cup peeled and cooked. Using a small knife, score a cross on the flat side of each chestnut. Using a slotted spoon, dip chestnuts, 4 or 5 at a time, into a saucepan of boiling water. Peel away shells and inner brown skins. If chestnuts are difficult to peel, return them to boiling water for a few seconds. Place peeled chestnuts in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Simmer, covered, until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain and refresh with cold water.
1 fruit, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat