Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

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Sweet Sour Red Cabbage


Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage was a staple during the winter in my childhood home.  With so many different ways to make it, with apples or without.  Sweet, or more savory?  Crisp-tender or long-cooked?  This recipe, with bacon, is one of my favorite ways to make this versatile vegetable.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage


  • 1 slice thick apple wood smoked bacon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced shallot
  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon all-spice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Step 1

Fry the bacon in a skillet until crisp, remove and once cool, crumble and reserve.

Step 2

Add the oil to the same pan; when hot add the cabbage and shallots, saute for a minute, then add the broth, vinegar, sugar and all-spice to the skillet; season with salt and pepper; cover and cook over medium heat until the liquid is reduced to a glaze and the cabbage is crisp tender, about 10 minutes. Remove to a warmed serving dish and sprinkle the bacon bits over the top.

Serve Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with My Mother’s Rouladen and some Mustard Thyme Spatzel to make a true German style meal!

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Nutritional Info

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  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Fat
    9g (1g Sat, 1g Mono, trace Poly)

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