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German Red Cabbage and Apples

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German Red Cabbage and Apples

Even though this dish is delicious anytime, it shines gloriously on a fall/winter dinner table. Cooler temperatures outside beg for fatty dishes with complementary sour sides … or the other way around. Red cabbage and apples are very good friends. Add to the freshness of fall apples with cabbage, some pungent onion, bright vinegar, and sweet honey, and what else do you need?

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German Red Cabbage and Apples

Because I am feeding diners who love onion flavor, but not the texture, I grate about 1/8 cup fresh white onion, juices and all. If making this dish only for myself, I would just thinly slice about 1/2 of one small onion. Either method works.

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Seed and slice one small granny smith (or any green apple you  like) apple, very thin.

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Slice cabbage very thin.

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In a pot, saute onion in oil or butter for about 5 minutes or until they soften. Add cabbage, then apples. Pour honey and vinegar over cabbage and apples. If desired, add just a pinch of ground cloves, and salt and pepper to taste.

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Cover the pot and allow cabbage to braise for about 30 minutes, or until tender. Stir occasionally. When cabbage is as tender as you like, taste and adjust seasonings as desired. If you like a little more acidity, particularly if you will be eating this with a very fatty food, add more vinegar.

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I like a little extra vinegar. 🙂

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German Red Cabbage and Apples

I got about 4 cups of shredded cabbage out of one very small red cabbage. If you have more or less cabbage, it is easy to adjust the other ingredients accordingly. 

Ingredients

  • 1 T cooking oil or butter
  • 1/8 cup grated onion or about 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 small granny smith (or green) apple, seeded and thinly sliced
  • ¼ c honey or agave (more, if desired)
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar (more, if desired)
  • optional: a pinch of ground clove
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Method

In a pot, saute onion in oil or butter for about 5 minutes or until they soften. Add cabbage, then apples. Pour honey and vinegar over cabbage and apples. If desired, add just a pinch of ground cloves, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the pot and allow cabbage to braise for about 30 minutes, or until tender. Stir occasionally. When cabbage is as tender as you like, taste and adjust seasonings as desired. If you like a little more acidity, particularly if you will be eating this with a very fatty food, add more vinegar.

Serve immediately, or chilled. Use as a side dish, or a topping.

Enjoy!

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