On the outside, cabbage is not the most exciting of vegetables. It's ponderous and hangs around all winter—basically the antithesis of all things uber-seasonal and precious. What cabbage is, however, is the reliable, versatile, and hands-down best vegetable to sustain you throughout the colder months. Oh, did we mention that cabbage is also flat-out delicious?
A gigantic cabbage head is a budget-minder's best friend; it can feed you for days and days, and is an incredibly versatile way to get more greens (and purples) into your diet. Smother it with broth and cheese, braise it like a prized cut of meat, or fry it into a savory pancake. Is it any wonder that so many genius recipes (six!) pay homage to this humble brassica? Here are 16 ways to use that head of cabbage—red, green, or savoy—all winter long.