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Braised Red Cabbage
Braised Red (Purple) Cabbage, has that classic sweet-sour flavor that is a German favorite. Make something different for the holidays this year and serve this side dish for your Thanksgiving Dinner. This dish is supper delicious. Topping your braised cabbage with crispy bacon adds just the right amount of smoky, salty flavor. The fall is the best time to make Braised Red Cabbage when you can pick up fresh ‘head’ at your local farm market.
This is a very old German recipe. It was passed down to my father-in-law, from his mother and his mom’s mom. For this reason, my mother-in-law made braised red cabbage, each and every year for Thanksgiving dinner. After all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Giving thanks for all we are thankful for and preparing favorite family recipes. Recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 medium head red cabbage, shredded
- 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until golden and tender. Add the cabbage, apples, cider, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until cabbage and apples are tender and the liquid is reduced. Sprinkle with bacon.