This is a typical Bulgarian winter dish. Since most people pickle large quantities of cabbage at home in huge vats or reuse the plastic containers used for rakia, it is easy to make. The pungent smell of baking cabbage gives some coziness in cold winter days. The first time I heard of this my stomach turned, but it is one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. Give it a go!!
- 1 head cabbage
- 3 spoonfuls paprika
- 1 spoonful pepper
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- salt to taste
- 3 chopped tomatoes
- 1-2 chopped peppers
Cut the cabbage, peppers and tomatoes and mix well with the rest. Add 1/2 to 1 cup water and transfer to a baking dish. Bake at least for 1 hour, probably even 2, until the cabbage is soft. Stir often to make sure that the cabbage on top does not burn to black.
This dish is more often prepared using pickled cabbage. Then no vinegar or salt is added.
You can also bake chicken or pork or salami together with the cabbage, in the same pan.