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Baked Hispi Cabbage In Smokey Tomatoes & Tahini

The taste and texture of hispi/ pointed cabbage when charred is just fantastic! But if you can’t get hold of it, don’t worry, simply sub it for red cabbage or aubergine


  • 1 hispi/pointed cabbage sliced in half
  • Splash olive oil
  • Sea salt

Smokey Tomato Sauce

  • 3 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 1 red onion – chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 very ripe fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato tapanade – use tomato purée if you can’t find it
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Big twist black pepper
  • Pinch chilli flakes (optional

Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Splash water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


To cook the cabbage:

  • Heat a griddle or large frying pan with a little oil.
  • Place the two sides of cabbage (inside down) onto the pan and griddle for aprox 5 minutes on a medium heat until nicely charred.
  • Remove from the pan and cut lengthways into quarters.
  • Add back to the pan, uncooked sides down and griddle for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the four quarters to a high sided baking tray with a little more oil and pinch of sea salt.

To make the sauce:

  • In the mean time – Add your oil and onion to a wide bottom pan and fry gently on a low heat for around 10 minutes until soft and browning.
  • Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds more.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato tapenade, paprika and oregano to the pan and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the salt, black pepper and optional chilli flakes and to the pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Now transfer the sauce to the baking tray with the cabbage, underneath and around.
  • Bake on 180c for 20 minutes.

To make the tahini dressing:

  • Add all the ingredients to a jar and mix to combine.

To serve:

  • Drizzle with tahini dressing and top with herbs/leaves. 


To make the sauce:To make the tahini dressing:To serve:This recipe was republished with permission from Rebel Recipes. Find the original recipe here.

Niki (Rebel Recipes)

Niki named her blog Rebel Recipes, because it's all about non-conformity. 'There are unwritten rules that say indulgent food is bad for you and healthy food is boring'. As a passionate foodie, she refuses to accept that this had to be the case.