Braised Red Cabbage (updated)

If you asked my children the star of this plate was the Braised Red Cabbage (click here for link to original recipe), although the German Meatballs and Spaetzle were good too (click here for link to recipe). There was not a bite left at the end of dinner.  They love red cabbage. My house smelled amazing! My daughter ate most of this and asked for it again soon.


This is one of those dishes that I don’t make nearly as often as I should. My family loves this dish and it really isn’t hard to make if I use my mandoline to cut the cabbage. It makes nice thin slices of the red cabbage quickly or even my food processor would make it go quicker too. But the sweet savory taste of the cabbage is worth the tiny bit of effort to make this dish!

I have a feeling I know what my daughter is asking to have for her birthday dinner – an entire pot of the Braised Red Cabbage just for her!

Braised Red Cabbage

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet tart side dish that goes with pork, beef, and chicken!


  • 6 ounces bacon (about 8 slices), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 head red cabbage (2 1/4 pounds), halved, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4-1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fat renders and bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add cabbage, vinegar, wine, water, sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; stir to combine. Raise heat to medium-high, cover, and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 50 minutes.  Season with pepper. Taste and adjust spices as necessary adding more vinegar if you like.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Erika Kind says:

    My oldest son and I love red cabbage 😋

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is soooo good!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Erika Kind says:

        I agree, soooooo good 😃

        Liked by 1 person

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