Braised Red Cabbage

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If I had a penny for every time I make this side dish in the Fall and Winter months... seriously, my family cannot get enough of it.  As Spring slowly approaches, that will change; which means I need to document this.

My children ask for this like they are asking for Mac-n-Cheese.  I know it's hard to believe, but this dish really is that good and comforting.  The cabbage is braised with apples, honey, and red wine vinegar, so there is a perfect balance of sweet and sour. After braising the cabbage for 1 1/2 to 2 hours--it just melts in your mouth.  Serve as a side to any roast meat or those Swedish Meatballs and I bet you will come back for more.  So simple--so good!

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Braised Red Cabbage
6 servings

1 head red cabbage (about 2 pounds), quartered, cored and thinly sliced/chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 large green apple-- peeled, cored and cut into matchsticks
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt

In a large bowl filled with cold water, immerse the sliced cabbage.  Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Lift the cabbage from the water and add it to the onions.  Add the sliced apple, vinegar, honey, and salt; toss to combine.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cover the pan and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from The Joy of Cooking, 1997


  1. I *love* red cabbage. My grandma makes a huge pot every year for Thanksgiving (I think she might boil it)....but few people enjoy it as much as she and I do. :)

  2. i just bought a huge red cabbage yesterday and this looks and sounds so delicious ! thanks for posting!

  3. LOVE red cabbage - One of my favorite things I ate when I was in Germany! Can't wait to try this recipe!

  4. Heather, Felicia, and Cathleen-
    I am so glad to hear from other red cabbage lovers! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I made a very similar dish for Thanksgiving, it was so good and was the most affordable recipe on my menu. Your version looks so delicious!

  6. Megan-
    Thank you:) It certainly is an affordable recipe. Lots of taste without a lot of money.

  7. I made this AGAIN last night! It's becoming a staple for our weekly dinners :)Oh and I agree with Megan ~ super affordable and sooooo easy to make!

  8. I just made this with the leftover red cabbage I had on hand - DELICIOUS!!!! I love the texture of the cabbage and it was so easy to make. Thank you for posting!! Eating some right now on the side of a baked potato...

  9. Pearl-
    I am so glad you enjoyed it and with a baked potato--yum:) Thank you for letting me know.

  10. I finally had a chance last night to make this. Absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! I will be making it often!

  11. Gail-
    I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know:)

  12. Looks like everyone loves this recipe, will also give it a try.

    How German Red Cabbage Recipe

  13. AnonymousJuly 02, 2012

    What if you don't have a dutch oven? Can you use any other type of pan?

  14. This was amazing and colorful! Great! Never knew I liked cabbage. Beautiful color

  15. Looks real good! I will take a pot to pot luck and see how well it's received. Pete.


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