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Easy German Red Cabbage

Easy German Red Cabbage

This authentic sweet and sour cabbage is a quick and easy side dish. Add chopped apples, chestnuts, or walnuts for a tastier variation on the original. Serve it as a side dish with beef, chicken or even sausage. 

Serve this delicious cabbage on the side of a full German-inspired menu

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  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • ½ head red cabbage, sliced
  • ¾ cups water
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar or honey
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


1. Heat evoo in a large pan or pot on low. Add onions and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, until softened and translucent. 

2. Add cabbage, water, vinegar, honey or sugar, pepper, cloves and salt. Cook on low 30 minutes. Serve as a side dish for chicken or beef dishes.