Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sweet Sour Red Cabbage (German Style) Made by an Irishman

My Husband, Scott, and Irishman, made this Sweet Sour Cabbage (German Style) because he wanted to. Can an Irishman make German Style cabbage? Yes, he can, and it was wonderful. This cabbage dish is sweet with apples and sugar, tart with vinegar and lemon juice, and even has red wine, and spicy with cloves and bay leaves.  It smells amazing as it's simmering in your kitchen with the spices and sweet apples, and vinegar. He got this cabbage from our, neighbor, Pauli.

 Pauli, has a garden plot at a community garden  and one of her garden friends had given her a beautiful, red cabbage. (We have too much shade in our yards to have a garden of any size.)  Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of cabbage. She gave it to my husband, because she knew that he would know what to do with it,  He was thrilled.  He's always up for a cooking challenge. We made this for neighborhood BBQ we had, and it was a definite hit for those who like cabbage.

Here is Pauli in her garden,
She is a tiny woman standing next to her Indian Corn with Sweet corn on the left, and her pumpkins in front of her. She is so generous with her produce, and the whole neighborhood is enjoying the fruits of all of her hard labor.

Here are some of her San Marzano tomatoes ripening, that we have been enjoying, Unfortunately, I didn't make it out to her garden to take pictures, until last week, so this isn't the peak of the season.

Now back to the cabbage here is the recipe.  Here it is.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (German Style) Adapted from

1/4 c. butter
4 med. apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 head red cabbage, finely shredded
1 c. red wine
4 whole cloves
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 bay leaves
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 c. butter
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Melt butter in 4 quart Dutch oven. Add apples and onion; saute slightly. Add cabbage, red wine, cloves, sugar and bay leaves. Simmer, covered for 1 hour, then add the remaining ingredients. Heat to melt the butter and serve immediately.  Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!


  1. My yard is too shady for anything but a few herbs, too. How lucky for you to have such a generous neighbor...and also that your hubby cooks! This cabbage looks yummy~

  2. Lizzy- Wow you are fast. I just published this:) Thanks
    Yes, I am lucky to have wonderful neighbors and a husband that cooks and makes wonderful pies, better than mine!

  3. I don't think I have ever had cabbage made that way! How nice of your neighbor to share her garden produce!

  4. My mom use to make similar salad, but this looks and sounds very tasty..I love all the ingr.
    Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Jill,
    You can get this type of cabbage in German restaurants. My neighbor is a sweetie:)

    Sandra- You are welcome. This cabbage dish is very flavorful.

  6. I'm not a cabbage person, but I'd want to try it this way. Pauli's garden is amazing, I wish I had left more room in my yard for garden space. See I'm not leaving you Becky! I'd miss reading you too much.

  7. Gina-I don't really like cabbage either, but his way is good.
    You are so kind. Glad to see you here. Have a great weekend.

  8. Claudia- Adding the apples gives the cabbage additional sweetness.

  9. I agree with Lizzy - it must be wonderful to have such generous neighbors with such a fantastically green thumb!


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