Friday, August 26, 2011

Chinese Cabbage in Mushroom and Prosciutto Cream Sauce

As you may know, Chinese cabbage is a firm-headed vegetable and the leaves are tightly wrapped.  It can easily be found in many supermarkets.   


When you go to a Northern Chinese restaurant, you may find a dish called ‘Chinese Cabbage in cream sauce’ on their menus.  Ham is mostly added to the cream sauce.  For me, I like to use shredded prosciutto instead of ham.  The saltiness of the prosciutto truly brings out the sweetness of the Chinese cabbage.  The cream sauce also adds a rich flavour to the whole dish.  I don't chop up the cabbage, but only cut it in half or in quarters lengthwise before I boil it.


Ingredients

Chinese Cabbage
1 lb Chinese cabbage – cut in half or quarters lengthwise
1 tablespoon salt 
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mushroom Cream Sauce
4 mushrooms - sliced
1 tablespoon flour
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup cream – substituting milk if you are health conscious
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
¼ cup prosciutto - shredded
Pinch salt and pepper
¼ cup green onion - chopped

Directions

Chinese Cabbage
  1. Put the Chinese cabbage in a large pot of boiling water.  Add salt, oil and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat until tender. 
  2. Remove the Chinese cabbage from the water.  Drain it as much as possible before putting it on a serving plate.  Trim off the tip of the head so that the leaves become detached.  Cut the leaves into a few parts.  Set aside.
Mushroom Cream Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat.  Add mushrooms and saut√© until tender.  Add flour and stir slightly.  Then add cream and chicken broth and stir until thickened.    Add salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from heat.
  2. Add prosciutto to the cream sauce and pour it over the cooked cabbage.  
  3. Sprinkle green onion on top and serve immediately.
 Makes 3 to 4 servings

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