When my daughter was a little over two and a half, my Mom got her a set of those bath tub crayons, the kind that you use to write on yourself and on the tub. She loved the colors and used them every time she was in the tub. They come in six bright colors and are supposed to wash off easily. In our case that was true, except for the purple. Purple stained the grout. After a scrubbing and bleaching session I finally got rid of the soft purple hue that was in the grout. Naturally I threw the purple crayon away.
The next day in tub, my daughter asked about purple. I didn’t want to tell her I threw it away, so I told her it went down the drain. She accepted the explanation and went on playing with the other colors. She liked to play until all the water was drained from the tub. As the water was draining she clutched the other five colors to her and said, “Stick with me guys, remember what happened to purple.”
So in honor of purple, I created this balsamic glazed purple cabbage side dish. It is so yummy, we tend to eat the whole thing at one meal. But once we did have leftovers and I tried it cold and it was still delicious.
Enjoy and remember what happened to purple!
1 medium head purple cabbage – thinly chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat, add garlic and simmer slightly. Add cabbage and sauté until slightly wilted, about five minutes. Add brown sugar and salt, toss to coat evenly, and then add the balsamic vinegar. Reduce heat to medium/low. Cover and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and the cabbaged is almost caramelized, roughly 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.