Charred Sweetheart Cabbage With Whipped Butter Beans and Candied Hazelnuts

Serves: 2
Takes: 35 mins

Charred cabbage is one of my new favourite things, I’m obsessed. Charring adds a full umami flavour to the vegetable, making it exceptionally savoury.

When To Eat

I recommend eating this dish from July to December.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Pointed Cabbage (aprox 500g, cut into quarters) 1 Small 0.1
Lemon (cut in half) 1 Lemon 0.03
Hazelnuts (lightly crushed) 40 g 0.07
Maple Syrup 1.5 Tablespoon 0
Butter Beans 200 g 0.07
Tahini 2 Tablespoon 0.08
Garlic (minced) 1 Clove 0
Olive Oil 2 Tablespoon 0.12
Coriander 6 Sprigs 0.02
Dijon Mustard 1 Tablespoon 0.024

This meal is around 89% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.62 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 21.67km in a modern car.


  • Preheat the oven to 220C (fan)/200C (gas mark 7).
  • Place the cabbage and the lemon on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cook for 20 minutes, turning halfway through. You want the outer leaves and edges to char and the inside to soften.
  • While the cabbage is roasting, toast the crushed hazelnuts in a frying pan on top of the hob. When the nuts are golden, add the tbsp of maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt and stir it through the nuts. Allow this bubble for a minute or 2 until the syrup has reduced and the nuts have a sticky coating. Pour these out onto a small plate to cool.
  • Next, heat the beans, tahini, garlic, olive oil and a 2 tbsp of water in a small saucepan mashing the beans as they heat. Set aside.
  • When the cabbage has cooked, remove one half of the lemon and squeeze it into the beans. You can choose to leave the beans slightly chunky or puree them in a blender. Once you have the desired consistency, taste and season with salt & pepper, then stir through ¾ of the chopped coriander.
  • Squeeze the remaining lemon into a small bowl and mix with the mustard, the remaining tsp of maple syrup and a glug of olive oil
  • To plate, smooth a big dollop of beans on the plate , top with two cabbage wedges, candied nuts and a drizzle of the lemon & mustard dressing and garnish with the remaining chopped coriander.
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