German Red Cabbage Recipe
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German Red Cabbage Recipe

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Sunday afternoons were frequently a time for family gatherings. While the uncles played cards, the aunts prepared wonderful German treats such as this red cabbage. Oftentimes there wasn't enough room for everyone at the dining table, so the grown-ups and babies ate first. My cousins and I would hang around waiting for our turn, hoping there'd be plenty of food left.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 unpeeled apple, sliced
  • 1 medium red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 43 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 vegetable


  1. Coat the inside of a large Dutch oven with cooking spray. Saute onion and apple until tender. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook until tender, about 1 hour. Serve hot or cold. Yield: 10 servings.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze cabbage in serving-size portions.
Originally published as German Red Cabbage in Reminisce November/December 1991, p37

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"This was delicious!"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"Made this recently for company and it was really good. I made it using the food processor for cabbage, onion and apples. I did substitute apple cider vinegar as that was what I had. Served it warm as a side dish of baby back ribs along with a green salad Yummy"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"Served this at Christmas with a stuffed pork loin, was delish! Enjoyed as is..."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Added another 1/3 cup red wine vinegar. Will use an additional apple next time."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"Next time I'll use red wine vinegar instead of white to give it extra zip!"

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