Out of all of the late spring vegetables, cabbage probably gets the least amount of love. People who claim not to like cabbage likely haven't had it roasted or grilled. Roasted cabbage gets caramelized around the edges and takes on a buttery flavor regardless of whether butter was used or not. In the summer, grilled cabbage steaks are a fun vegetarian main dish or a nutritious omnivore side.
There are many different varieties of cabbage, some green, some purple, some crinkly, some smooth, and while most are round, there are even some unique cone shaped varieties. Now is a great time to buy cabbage at the market and try some new recipes. For some inspiration, check out this list of 20 cabbage based recipes form the Kitchn.
Directions:Heat the oven to 450°F. Cut the cabbage into quarters and slice the bottom of each quarter at an angle to partially remove the stem core. Cut each quarter in half again so you have eight wedges. Lay these down on a large roasting pan or baking sheet and drizzle very lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
(Optional) Cut each slice of bacon into small strips and lay on top of the cabbage, tucking into the nooks and crannies of the leaves.
(Optional) Spread the garlic evenly over the slices of cabbage.
Roast for 30 minutes, flipping the cabbage wedges once halfway through. If the edges aren't browned enough for your taste after 30 minutes, put them back in for five-minute increments until they are.
Serve immediately; the wedges cool down fast.