Gran's German red cabbage

    1 hour 50 min

    This yummy, sweet and sour red cabbage is easy to make!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 30g butter
    • 350g shredded red cabbage
    • 125g sliced green apples
    • 80ml apple cider vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Place butter, cabbage, apples and sugar into a large saucepan or casserole. Pour in the vinegar and water, and season with salt, pepper and clove.
    2. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the cabbage is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


    German red cabbage
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    A fantastic recipe. I made it to the letter, except for using only 3 tablespoons sugar, less salt, a red instead of green apple, and red wine vinegar because I didn't have cider vinegar. I also skipped the cloves, but am sure they'd be lovely. Wonderful and highly recommended for a Christmas side!  -  07 Nov 2011


    Made for Christmas dinner as an accompaniment and was utterly delicious with an excellent balance of sweet and sour flavours. Quantity made plenty for our 6 persons lunch with plenty over to have with cold meats later. Kept well in the fridge for 3 days. Might have lasted longer but it disappeared! Recommend.  -  24 Feb 2014


    Absolutely delicious. It tastes just like my mum used to make and will be a firm favourite from now on. I did add a few sultanas but I don't think I'll bother next time.  -  04 Dec 2014