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Authentice German Red Cabbage – Rotkohl

A typical German main dish has the components: Meat, potatoes (carbs) and a vegetable side. Red Cabbage is a frequent side for a Sunday roast but if you think of it as a sour, crunchy thing from a store bought jar or can, then you’ve never had authentic German red cabbage, made from scratch!

My mom was more the kind of cook who wanted things to be easy and fast. She simply opened a jar from the grocery when it came to red cabbage. Therefore, in my childhood, I never knew that red cabbage can taste really great … and that’s why I wasn’t a fan of it. This changed at a Christmas celebration where it was freshly cooked and tasted just the way it should. It took me years to find the right recipe. I tried everything (most time with red cabbage from a jar): I added sugar, I added cinnamon, I added apple sauce, … it never came out right. I found a recipe with junipers and lots of vinegar and tried it just to find out that the result was tasting like … red cabbage from the jar!

Then a few years ago my German friend Suse sent me a cooking journal to Texas. It contained recipes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve and it had a recipe for “Traditional Red Cabbage”. Since I was still on the quest for the perfect red cabbage recipe I tried it and: YES! That was exactly what I’ve been searching for! It’s not even difficult but I guess with industrialisation and jars at the supermarket, people simply forgot how to cook this.

I’ll definitely teach my kids how to cook it since they love it so much … and I’ll not live forever.

red cabbage

Duck with dumplings and red cabbage

When to eat Red Cabbage

The best pairing with it is a roast or poultry like a goose or duck. I am sure it will also go very well with a turkey, too (think of your next Thanksgiving!). You can have it with potatoes but it tastes best if you have dumplings with it!
Since it takes some time to cook red cabbage and it is best combined with food that also takes some work, it is a good idea to cook a large batch of it on a rainy weekend. Then you just freeze it and let it appear magically on a lucky day with a delicious (feast) meal.

My TiP: When freezing red cabbage I put it in Ziploc bags and make them really flat, so it can thaw in almost no time.

Watch the video for instructions


Authentice German Red Cabbage - Rotkohl
Print Recipe
This side has a sweet taste.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 sides 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 sides 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Authentice German Red Cabbage - Rotkohl
Print Recipe
This side has a sweet taste.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 sides 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 sides 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sides
Instructions
  1. Start with removing the stem from the cabbage and cut it in quarters. Remove all the hard parts from the cabbage.
  2. Now, cut each quarter Cabbage into thin slices.
  3. Prepare the Apple: Peel it, cut it into small cubes.
  4. Heat a pot and add the lard.
  5. Add the Red Cabbage and fry it 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Now add the Wine and stir well.
  7. Add about 3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar, 1 Tbsp. Sugar and 1 tsp. Salt - stirr.
  8. Next, add the Bay Leave and the Cinnamon stick, stir.
  9. Cover with lid and let cook for 30 minutes. Take a peek occationally to check the fluid and stir.
  10. After 30 minutes, open the lid and add the Apple.
  11. Cover with lid again and cook for another 30 minutes - check fluid and stir every now and then.
  12. Now open the lid, if there is a lot of fluid, you can mix the Corn Starch with some cold water and add it to the cabbage, to thicken the liquid.
  13. Add the Black Currant jam and stir.
  14. Check the tast, add sugar, salt and black pepper if needed.
  15. Enjoy - Guten Appetit!
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