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Cabbage and Apples

When I saw this recipe in a list of ideas from Alex’s aunt’s vegetarian cooking class (thanks, Aunt Deb!), I knew we had to try it. I have a mild obsession with cabbage, and it sounded like a perfect warming recipe for fall and winter. Plus, I was intrigued by the idea of caraway seeds.

As I expected, this turned out to be delicious!  The slightly sweet and vinegary taste makes the dish an excellent companion to serve with savory options; it almost reminded me of a chutney in that way. And the caraway seeds added the perfect flavor essence, which I’m not really sure how to describe…other than rye bread. It also made a great leftover (I actually preferred it cold!).

If you needed more reasons to try it, turns out red cabbage is all sorts of good for you. Plus, it’s a crucifer, like our friends broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Which is irrelevant – I just wanted to say crucifer :) Enjoy!

Cabbage and Apples
Serves: 8 as a side
What You Need
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 apples
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • Splash of port or sherry
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
What To Do
  1. Thinly slice the onion. Shred the cabbage (using a mandoline, if available). Peel and thinly slice the apples. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Sautee the onion until soft, around 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cabbage, apples, garlic, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple cider, caraway seeds, and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat until the cabbage is tender, around 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool a bit, and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.


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  • Reply
    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)
    November 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I love the sound of this recipe. I’m a major cabbage fan but it gives me SUCH a stomach ache. Any suggestions?

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    November 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Gotta love those crucifers! This salad looks wonderful!

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    Mrs Mix It
    November 12, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I make a similar dish and I posted it under Thanksgiving Recipes on my website. Check it out it’s called German Cabbage

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    Nuts about Food
    November 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

    My mom is not really the kind of stay-at-home-and-cook-mom. However she always made a great Christmas Day meal. She is German, and this is one of her traditional side dishes (we usually ate it with goose)…a eral memory from my childhood!

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    November 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Love this side!

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    Kim Beauchamp
    November 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    This is one of my favorite ways to eat cabbage, but it’s been forever since I’ve prepared it. Thanks for posting!

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    Green Girl @ A little bit of everything
    November 13, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I love cabbage-apple combo and your salad recipe sounds delicious, thanks for sharing

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