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4 Ways (and 12 Recipes) To Make Cabbage For New Year's Day Luck

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Today: Cabbage every which way, for now and New Year's Day. This article is brought to you by Pam Krauss Books. Head here to pick up a copy of Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix.

A cabbage a day...
A cabbage a day... Photo by James Ransom

Of all the traditions on the first of the year, a bite of cabbage is perhaps the least anticipated to many. But, to that we say: More for us, thanks! With the cruciferous vegetable's reputation as a lucky eat on New Year's Day (it's folded green leaves resembling money), it'd be wise to put away as much as you can on January 1. We're looking ahead to the holiday this year, because to us, cabbage is the unsung sibling in the family of brassica—one of the most welcoming and versatile green things out there.

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Cabbage is cooked in so many different cultures and countries, and no wonder: It's hardy and you can prepare it just about any way—braise it, stir fry it, put it in soup, bake it, or eat it raw, among other things. So here are 4 ways—and 12 recipes—to really look forward to ringing in New Year's Day with (or really, any day before or after then, too):

Braise for days.

Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly

Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly by Nicholas Day

Apple Cider-Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Apple Cider-Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Apple... by Chase the Flavors

Braised Green Cabbage with Anchovies and Garlic

Braised Green Cabbage with Anchovies and Garlic by Alexandra Stafford

Braised Cabbage

Braised Cabbage by thirschfeld

Raw is the real deal.

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad by Kenzi Wilbur

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Miso-Ginger Dressing

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Miso-Ginger Dressing by Weird & Ravenous

Snow Pea, Cabbage, and Mizuna Salad with Marinated and Seared Tempeh

Snow Pea, Cabbage, and Mizuna Salad with Marinated and Se... by Gena Hamshaw

Napa Cabbage Wedge Salad with Apples and Buttermilk Dressing

Napa Cabbage Wedge Salad with Apples and Buttermilk Dressing by Elizabeth Stark

Soup's on.

Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup

Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup by Genius Recipes

Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew

Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew by inpatskitchen

Arthur Schwartz's Russian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Arthur Schwartz's Russian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup by Nicholas Day

Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles

Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles by gingerroot

Stir-fry central.

Madhur Jaffrey's Stir-Fried Cabbage with Fennel Seeds

Madhur Jaffrey's Stir-Fried Cabbage with Fennel Seeds by Genius Recipes

Stir Fried Cabbage with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Stir Fried Cabbage with Creamy Peanut Sauce by Brooklyn Salt

Jerk-Spiced Chicken Hakka Noodles

Jerk-Spiced Chicken Hakka Noodles by Shalini Singh @ Shalini's K...

Quick Wok-Fired Squid with Greens

Quick Wok-Fired Squid with Greens by wildgreens

This article is brought to you by Pam Krauss Books. Head here to pick up a copy of Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix.

Tags: cabbage, new years day, luck, tradition