German Style Coleslaw Here in Wisconsin, one of our favorite things to do on a Friday Night is to head out to our favorite local tavern or restaurant, order a brandy old fashion and enjoy a good ‘ol Friday Night Fish Fry. What goes with …
Irish Cabbage with Bacon We absolutely loved this recipe for Irish Cabbage with Bacon. It’s simply delicious. The cabbage was super tender, the addition of bacon, well…let’s face it, bacon never hurt anything and after making this recipe I have realized that apple cider vinegar …
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.
The word cabbage is a derivation of the French word caboche, meaning head. The cabbage family, of which Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kale are all members, is wide and varied. Cabbage itself comes in many forms, the shapes can be flat, round, the heads compact or loose and the leaves curly or plain. Savoy cabbage and Chinese cabbage are considered culinary superior but is less readily available.
In the United States, the most widely used cabbage comes in compact heads of waxy, tightly wrapped leaves that range in color from almost white to green to red. Choose a cabbage with fresh, crisp-looking leaves that are firmly packed; the head should be heavy for its size. Cabbage may be refrigerated, tightly wrapped, for about a week. It can be prepared in a variety of ways or eaten raw, as in slaw.