Braised Cabbage Ingredients:
½ green cabbage
¾ bottle of Steamer Basin Blond beer
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp mustard seed
2 tbsp fresh thyme finely chopped
1 tbsp butter
Cheesy Toastie Ingredients:
1 loaf of your favourite crusty bread
2 egg yolks
140g cream cheese
1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
100g grated cheddar cheese
Braised Cabbage Method:
Finely slice the cabbage, onion and apple (a mandolin or food processor can speed this process up!). Heat a pot on a moderate heat and add a splash of oil. Sautee the onion until softened and then add the cabbage and apple. Add the beer, honey, thyme and the mustard seeds. Put a lid on the pot and turn the heat down and let the cabbage cook down gently. Once the cabbage is almost cooked remove the lid and start to reduce the liquid. Once the liquid is almost all absorbed add the butter and then lastly season to taste with salt and pepper. Set the cabbage aside and prepare the toasties.
Cheesy Toastie Method:
Preheat the oven on grill.
Mix together the egg yolks, cream cheese, mustard and cheddar cheese. Slice thick slices of the bread and lightly toast.
Spread the cheese mixture across the pieces of toast and place under the hot grill. Cook for a couple of minutes (keep a close eye as they can burn very quickly!) until the cheese is bubbling and it is starting to brown.
Top the toasties with warm beer braised cabbage and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce over the top and enjoy!
*the braised cabbage would also make a nice side dish to a main meal.