In keeping with my Oktoberfest theme this month I’m making red cabbage. It’s another German inspired side dish that is a favorite in our family.
It’s easy enough to prepare and it goes with pork, chicken and, grampy even likes it with burgers. go figure :).
You can pick up a fresh red cabbage in the farmers market or the supermarket. The rest of the ingredients are right in your pantry — apples, cider vinegar, sugar, cloves, and salt and pepper.
The prep is easy, cut the cabbage using a knife or a small hand slicer (a mandolin of sorts but less expensive). Rinse in cold water and drain, set aside.
In a medium size sauce pan heat the butter on medium heat and add the butter and sugar. Add the cabbage, stir and cook.
The process is so easy and the results are delicious.
- 2 TBLS. butter
- 5 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup sliced apples
- ⅓ cup cider vinegar
- 3 TBLS. water
- ¼ cup white sugar (or coconut sugar)
- ¼ tsp. cloves (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a 5 quart pot add the butter, cabbage, apples, and sugar. Give a quick stir then add in the vinegar and water and cloves.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat and simmer cooking until the cabbage is tender. This will take approximately 1 to 2 hours depending on how thick you slice the cabbage. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve either warm or chilled.
TIP: I’ve been cutting down on using white sugar which prompted me to substitute coconut sugar in this recipe. I was amazed at the results, it was delicious. If you want to try cutting back on the white sugar in this recipe you will hardly notice the difference using the coconut sugar. The apples also add quite a bit of sweetness as well.
Here is another recipe you might enjoy this Fall Season Spaetzle,
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