We rarely cook cabbage, but mostly bake or fry it. So it not only gets a special taste, but is also soft and crispy at the same time. One of our favorite recipes from the Krautkopf app are spelt spaetzle with poppy seeds and baked red cabbage. High time to introduce it on the blog as well!
Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C (conventional, not fan-assisted). Grease a baking tray with olive oil.
Remove the stalk from the red cabbage and cut the cabbage into 3 cm think slices. Quarter the shallot. Spread red cabbage and shallot on the baking tray. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Season well with sea salt and pepper, and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
Bake the cabbage for 25–30 minutes at middle rack until it is cooked and crispy in some places.
In the meantime, for the spaetzle: mix flour, salt, eggs, and water in a bowl, and with a wooden spoon, beat until dough starts to bubble. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
In batches, press dough through a spaetzle press into boiling salted water. If you don't have a spaetzle press, push the dough through a large holed sieve or metal grater.
As soon as spaetzle float to the surface, remove from water with a slotted spoon. To keep the spaetzle warm, place into a large pan coated with some olive oil.
Briefly sauté spaetzle in a pan together with poppy seeds.
Using a fork (or your hands), take red cabbage and shallot apart, season to taste with salt and pepper, and arrange on spaetzle, or mix directly in pan.
If you like sauce with your spaetzle, you can serve the dish with our gravy.