Red Cabbage with Apples

by Her Happy Balance on September 10, 2014

Growing up I was very lucky getting to spend many happy hours watching my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother cook. Four generations, one kitchen – family traditions at their finest. And what was on the menu? Well, it could be anything. The matriarchs of my family were all fantastic cooks. I can fondly remember many dinners filled with cucumber salad, macaroni and cheese, German potato salad, and delicious foods galore. My great-grandmother, mom-mom, used to make red cabbage that my family raved about. I decided I wanted to take a stab at giving my mom-mom’s recipe a healthy spin. Grab a bowl, a fork, and snuggle in with some German comfort food. 

Red Cabbage with Apples

Red Cabbage with Apples
Serves 8
A warm and delicious take on the German classic of red cabbage and apples.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Head of red cabbage, cored (~ 8 cups)
  2. 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
  3. 1 Yellow onion
  4. 1/2 Cup chicken stock
  5. 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  6. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  7. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Using a mandelin, slice red cabbage, apples, and onion. Add cabbage to a large pot and steam with a medium high heat until just tender, about 10 mins. While cabbage is cooking, take your sliced apples and cut them julianne style. Remove steamer and drain cabbage. Put cabbage back into pot and add in all remaining ingredients. Saute on medium heat until onion and apples get soft. Serve warm, enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you like a more sour taste to your cabbage, feel free to adjust the amount of vinegar to your liking. If you add too much vinegar, add some sugar to neutralize the acid.
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 red cabbage

I lightened up my mom-mom’s recipe with chicken stock in place of butter and added in the apples. It turned out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself 😉 I had a big bowl for lunch and served it at dinner time, too. A little fun fact – the bowl that the cabbage was served in is an antique Lenox piece that my mother purchased at an auction. There were lots of family ties woven into this dish. It was comforting paying homage to my roots and diving into a hot bowl of my great-grandmother’s love.

Thoughts??
Have any special recipes in your family?
What foods remind you of your grandparents?
How are you cooking with apples this fall?

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

Red cabbage is so delicious!! A lot of foods remind me of my grandparents. Krispy Kreme donuts and boiled peanuts remind me of my Dad’s mom because she would always have them for us when we visited. My Mom’s mom made the best peanut butter fudge, so I’ve yet to find any to compare to hers.

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne September 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

This is so interesting to me!! I’ve never heard of it before and I’m not a fan of red cabbage at all. But for some reason this sounds good haha probably because of the granny smith apples ;). Cookies remind me of my grandma, she always had cookies. That and apple pie, at thanksgiving and christmas, she always makes apple pie from scratch :).

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

We had something very similar in Prague and I have been wanting to make it ever since. I am going to give your recipe a try.

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