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.
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.
- 2 TBLS. butter
- 5 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup sliced apples
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 3 TBLS. water
- 1/4 cup white sugar (or coconut sugar)
- 1/4 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.
If you want to cut back on using white sugar, you will hardly notice a difference. The apples also add quite a bit of sweetness as well.