Oktoberfest Red Cabbage Recipe
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Oktoberfest Red Cabbage Recipe

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Four generations of our family celebrate Oktoberfest. We love this tart and sweet dish of red cabbage and apples, also known as rotkohl. —Diana Likes, Chandler, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings or canola oil
  • 1 small head red cabbage (about 1-1/2 pounds), shredded
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 146 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat bacon drippings over medium heat. Add cabbage and apples; cook and stir 2-3 minutes. Stir in water, sugar, salt, pepper and cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 40-45 minutes or until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Oktoberfest Red Cabbage in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p46

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"Fabulous! I made it exactly as directed and got rave reviews!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Red cabbage is one of my favorite German foods. This was delicious. I did omit the cloves, just personal preference."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"I was wondering if I can can this recipe? Anyone have any idea?"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"Delicious! Perfect with pork and would be great on bratwurst or even hot dogs."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"This was an excellent and easy cabbage dish. It was a great accompaniment to pork schnitzel! It had the perfect amount of sugar to vinegar ratio."

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