My Grandma’s Sweet and Tangy Red Cabbage (Rote Kraut)
It’s that time of year again? Wow- so fast! This year we’re having Tday 1 early, a week before the actual day, as I’m having a knee replacement early December. It will be at our house again with my son Alex, his girlfriend Shannon, a few friends, and my son-in-law’s parents. (My son-in-law is in the Navy, stationed in Japan, with my daughter and our two grandkids. I’m making authentic German red cabbage. Actually, it was my son’s request–and I was happy to make the recipe. It’s very easy. The trick for the best results is to use no water, just red wine and red vinegar for the liquid. Also it does take a few hours to cook to the right tenderness and flavor, but is just as good if made in advance and reheated. In fact, that’s my favorite method.
When I have had red cabbage at most German-type restaurants I find it too sweet. The way my Grandma made it it is on the tangy side, with just a hint of sweetness, from the apples and sugar, (in this case, Xylitol. ( If you’ve been following my blog, you know that’s my preferred sweetener for low carb sweetening.) It’s such a great way to enjoy a dish that’s not often served, that is low carb, low calorie, and is full of flavor, fiber, and nutrition *.
GERMAN TANGY AND SWEET RED CABBAGE
- 1 red cabbage (size–your choice) this recipe is for about a 1-2 lb, cabbage
- 1-2 apples, sweet/tart, such as Pink Lady, or Pippin, cored and chopped (I do peel them, but leave some peel on)
- 1-2 Tbsp. unsalted butter (the butter gives a smoothness to the result)
- 1 cup dry red wine (use more if the cabbage is drying out)
- 1/2 cup good quality red wine vinegar
- 2-4 Tbsp. Xylitol –to taste
- Salt or Salt free seasoning–to taste
TO DO: (serves 4-6 as a side dish or 2 with leftovers)
1. Remove cabbage outer leaves and inner core; chop cabbage into approx. 2 “ pieces
2. Core and peel apples, and chop into approximately 1/2″ pieces
3. Add all ingredients into a Dutch oven or 4 qt. pot.
4. Cook on stovetop for approx. 3-4 hours, tasting for sweet/tangy balance and tenderness
Serve as a side dish; and, as we usually have, a crisp green salad with a tart, lemony vinaigrette–see previous Salad posts for the vinaigrette recipe: https://wordpress.com/post/type2delicious.com/1075
Salad posts for the vinaigrette recipe: https://wordpress.com/post/type2delicious.com/1075