Simple and Delicious German Red Cabbage

Cathie Valentine


My friend and I used to go to this little German restaurant that made the best red cabbage. I saw some in the grocery store and decided that I would attempt to make some just like the restaurant. I was amazed how much my dish tasted like the German restaurant's dish. My daughter told me last night that this was almost like eating dessert !!


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6+ people
15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1 medium
    apple, chopped
  • 1
    head of red cabbage, chopped into small pieces or shredded
  • 2 Tbsp
    bacon grease (gives you a reason to cook some bacon)
  • 2/3 c
    white vinegar
  • 2/3 c
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Simple and Delicious German Red Cabbage


  1. In a dutch oven, spray some vegetable spray to coat the bottom of pot. Add the bacon grease and warm on medium.
  2. Add the onions and apple cooking for about 5 minutes until the onions are very tender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Cover with a lid. Continue cooking and stirring the cabbage occasionally on medium heat for 1hr to 1 1/2 hours until the cabbage is nice and tender. Serve the cabbage while hot. You can also cook on low (simmer) for a few hours. If you cook it this way, remember to turn the heat up to medium and let it get hot enough to serve.
  4. NOTE: you can cut the sugar content for those watching their sugar intake. Simply keep a 1:1 ratio of sugar and vinegar. For example, do 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of vinegar and add some water (approximately 2/3 cup) or 1/2 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of vinegar and add about 1/4 cup of water.

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About Simple and Delicious German Red Cabbage

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free

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