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Corned Beef Melts with Sweet and Sour Onions and Wilted Cabbage

Corned Beef Melts with Sweet and Sour Onions and Wilted Cabbage

by 12 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small head savoy cabbage, cored and sliced (abot 7 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons sweet red pepper relish
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 pounds deli-sliced corned beef
  • 4 slices (for open-face) or 8 slices rye, pumpernickel, marble or white bread
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere or cheddar
  • Spicy brown mustard, for topping
  • Pickles, to pass around the table
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage and cook until wilted, 5 minutes; season with the caraway seeds (if using), salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup chicken stock, lower the heat and keep simmering.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat until foaming. Add the onions and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are light golden and very soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in the relish, vinegar and brown sugar; discard the bay leaf.
  3. Preheat the broiler. In a small skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup chicken stock over medium heat. Turn off the heat and add the corned beef to warm through.
  4. Arrange the 4 bread slices on a baking sheet. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage, corned beef and onion mixture to the bread. Top with the cheese; broil until melted (top with the remaining 4 bread slices, if using). Serve with the mustard and pickles.