What is braised red cabbage?
I used to go so far out of my way for braised red cabbage on a carvery roast dinner before I realised how easy it was to make. I’d also stock up on premade dishes of braised red cabbage when the supermarkets had them in stock, but now I make it myself on a regular basis and its without a doubt my favourite part of a roast dinner. Braised red cabbage has a distinctive fruity, zesty taste thanks to the addition of fresh apples and apple cider vinegar. This recipe will make a large dish full serving many as a side when used with a small red cabbage. Red cabbage is very low in calories making a portion of this side just 40kcal each. This recipe is so quick and easy to make so there’s really no excuse not to wow your guests this Christmas.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is great for people with the following dietary restrictions:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Low GI
- Low FODMAP (in smaller amounts)
- Paleo Friendly
- Syn Free
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients
Firstly, of course we need our red cabbage. I chose a particularly small one approximately 600g-700g. Half or quarter your cabbage, removing the tough white centre and slice the cabbage into thin strips. along with this, finely dice one onion and 2 peeled apples. I like to use granny smith apples because they’re so sweet. Place the cabbage, onion and apple into a large saucepan. To the saucepan, add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 tsp of all spice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1-2 cups of water.
Step 2: Stew the cabbage
Cover your saucepan and heat on high for approximately 20 minutes or until all the cabbage has softened.
What to serve with braised red cabbage?
This dish is traditionally served alongside a roasted meat, potatoes and other veg. Do you have lots of braised cabbage left over? Why not try my traditional bubble and squeak recipe? Great for using up all of the leftovers in your fridge.
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