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. This recipe is one of my favorite ways to make this versatile vegetable. 

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

 

Behind the scenes making Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

A printer-friendly recipe card can be found at the bottom of this post

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.

This recipe is very simple to make and takes about 15 – 20 minutes tops. It centers around the bacon and bacon fat which gives it a smoky flavor. The sweet is brown sugar, the sour is balsamic vinegar. You could use an apple cider vinegar in place of the balsamic, but I like the deeper flavor balsamic gives. 

How to Best Buy Cabbage

Buy your cabbage as a whole head instead of the half heads sold in stores sometimes. Even though this only uses a half head, you don’t know how long that cut cabbage has been there, so it’s best to cut your own and use the other half for something else – like a tasty slaw. Cabbage does store in the refrigerator well, cover the cut side with some plastic wrap and you have probably got at least two weeks before you will see any noticeable change. Maybe you will be ready for another meal of sweet and sour red cabbage by then? Or change it up with my German Style  Red Cabbage which uses apples. 

 

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

 

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

Yield: 3 servings

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Smoky, sweet and sour, this Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is so easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 slice thick applewood 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

Instructions

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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gProtein: 5g

Nutritional values may not be 100% accurate


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Nutritional Info

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  • Calories
    115
  • Protein
    4g
  • Carbohydrate
    19g
  • Dietary Fiber
    trace
  • Cholesterol
    4mg
  • Sodium
    219mg
  • Fat
    3g (1g Sat, 1g Mono, trace Poly)

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