International Food Night was a tradition in our home when the kids were younger. Each week we chose a country, picked “unusual” recipes from their culture and prepared a meal. On German night we had this red cabbage and apple recipe. It was the beginning of a love affair with cabbage for my kids. Soon we were trying all sorts of cabbage dishes; stuffed cabbage, cabbage rolls, Asian coleslaw. They still enjoy all of those dishes, but the one they ask for most often is this Red Cabbage and Apple recipe. It’s naturally gluten free and dairy free, making my life easier. Plus, if I have any leftovers, the kids will argue over who gets to finish them off later. It’s a win-win!
Red Cabbage and Apple Recipe
I can never leave a recipe alone so I tweaked this one to suit our tastes. I like a stronger vinegar flavor and more flavor from the apples. If you don’t, reduce the amount of vinegar by a couple of tablespoons. To give it a stronger apple flavor I replaced the water used in the recipe with apple juice. I also think this would be good with apple cider or hard cider. I also added cornstarch to make the recipe thicker.
To save time I usually purchase 2 bags of shredded purple cabbage when it is on sale. If you prefer you can purchase a head of red cabbage and shred it yourself. If you don’t want to fry the cabbage in oil, switch the oil called for in the recipe to 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth.
- 2 bags (16 ounces each) shredded red cabbage OR 4 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 large apples, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil OR Chicken Broth OR Veggie Broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 5 Tablespoons vinegar
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Heat oil in a large saucepan. Stir in cabbage and onion; fry approximately 3 minutes. Stir in diced apple, apple juice, cornstarch and salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer about 25 minutes.
- Mix together vinegar and sugar. Pour into cabbage mixture. Taste the cabbage and adjust to desired sweetness or sourness. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat.
Be sure to stir the cabbage occasionally while it is cooking so it will not stick to the bottom of the pan. Do your kids have a favorite veggie recipe? What is your go-to recipe for getting your kids to eat veggies?