Red Cabbage With Bacon and Apples

red cabbage and apple
Red cabbage cooked with apple and bacon. Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Ratings (8)

Nutritious red cabbage is flavored with cooked diced bacon, tart Granny Smith apples, and seasonings. Use turkey bacon to keep the dish low in fat.

I like caraway seeds in this dish but they can be left out if you aren't a fan. Also, the red wine can be replaced with more beef stock.

This cabbage makes a nice side dish to serve with pork chops or a pork loin roast. The cabbage would go well with steaks as well.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds shredded red cabbage
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 3 to 4 slices cooked bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup red wine, such as pinot noir or a cabernet
  • 1/2 cup beef stock, unsalted or low sodium
  • caraway seeds, about 2 teaspoons, optional
  • kosher salt, to taste

How to Make It

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.

Add onions and saute until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add the garlic and cabbage, the vinegar, sugar, pepper, chopped apples, bacon, wine, and beef broth. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover, and continue cooking for 30 to 45 minutes, until cabbage is tender.

Taste and add caraway seeds and salt, as desired.

Serves 6 to 8.

Tips and Variations

  • A mandoline makes shredding cabbage and other slicing tasks super easy. Or use a food processor with the slicing disk.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 138
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Sodium 124 mg
Carbohydrates 20 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)