Red Cabbage

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Keyword Frankenstein, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 tbsp bacon fat or olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 medium apples cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves or 3 whole cloves
  • 2 1/2 lbs red cabbage, shredded about one medium head
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine


  1. In large dutch oven or casserole with a lid, melt the bacon fat on medium low heat. 

  2. Add onions, apples, sugar, salt, and cloves and saut√© for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally. 

  3. Turn to medium high and add the cabbage, red wine, and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low-low (so it is just simmering) and cover.

  4. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. If it seems to get dry, add more wine or water. Cook until tender and everything should be completely purple.