“Cabbage is having a moment, which means that by default Poland is too, because the cold climate crucifer is basically our national food,” says Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, who was born in Canada to Polish parents.

“Cutting it into slabs and roasting it gives it crisp, caramelised edges and a tender bite. Using apple sauce in the vinaigrette is a new trick for a classic store-cupboard staple; its tart, fruity notes bring a sweet brightness to the dish.”

Roasted cabbage steaks with apple-Dijon vinaigrette
(Paul Brissman/PA)
Roasted cabbage steaks with apple-Dijon vinaigrette
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Nutrition Facts
Roasted cabbage steaks with apple-Dijon vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 734 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 333mg14%
Potassium 970mg28%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 3289IU66%
Vitamin C 130mg158%
Calcium 188mg19%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Roasted cabbage steaks with apple-Dijon vinaigrette

A new way to eat cabbage
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 734kcal
Author: Antoni Porowski


  • Baking sheet
  • Saucepan


For the cabbage steaks:

  • 1 medium red cabbage trimmed
  • 60 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs de Provence, thyme or oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 55 g walnut pieces
  • 170 g quinoa  rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf

For the vinaigrette:

  • 3 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cide vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 75 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp raisins, chopped dried apricots, dried cherries or chopped dates
  • 30 g fresh flat-leaf parsley roughly chopped
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon (optional)
  • 115 g soft goat’s cheese for serving (optional)


  • Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  • Cut about 1cm (1/2 inch) from one long side of the cabbage to create a flat edge (so it won’t roll) and place cut side down on the chopping board. Cut four 1cm-thick lengthways slices from the middle of the cabbage outwards (to get the largest pieces) to make cabbage ‘steaks’ (reserve the rest of the cabbage for another use). Arrange the steaks on the prepared baking sheet with the core ends towards the corners of the sheet so they get the most heat. Brush with the oil. Season with the dried herbs, half teaspoon of salt and quarter teaspoon of pepper.
  • Cover the sheet tightly with foil and roast for 25 minutes. Uncover and continue roasting until the cabbage steaks are golden and tender, 25-30 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, spread the nuts on a small baking sheet and bake until fragrant, seven to nine minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool, then roughly chop.
  • To cook the quinoa, bring 500ml water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa along with the bay leaf, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain any excess water. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the quinoa to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Whisk together the apple sauce, vinegar, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in the oil.
  • When the cabbage is ready, sprinkle the dried fruit over the top, return the pan to the oven, and cook for about five minutes more to plump the fruit a little.
  • Spoon the quinoa onto plates, spreading it out a bit. Arrange the cabbage steaks on top. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Top with nuts, parsley and, if desired, flaky salt to taste, and then the cheese, if using.


Calories: 734kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 970mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3289IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 6mg


Let’s Do Dinner by Antoni Porowski, photography by Paul Brissman, is published by Bluebird. 

Let's Do Dinner: From Antoni Porowski, star of Queer Eye
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Porowski, Antoni (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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