German-Style Red Cabbage (Rotkohl)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by The Anciaux Family

A wonderful side-dish to any German meal! In Bavaria this dish is called "Blaukraut" or blue cabbage, since it is cooked until it is a light shade of purple.

Top Review by carlaarussell

Very nice recipe, especially when you want a different sort of side dish. The spices are very good with the red cabbage. I added more vinegar and salt than called for as it seemed slightly bland for our tastes. Cooking it a long time is part of what makes this better than similar recipes. The bacon drippings are an important element and should not be substi-tuted.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove coarse outer leaves from cabbage. Cut head into four pieces, remove the hard core and shred finely. Melt bacon grease in a large pot, add cabbage and apple, stirring until well-mixed. Add water, vinegar and spices. Cook until tender, about 1 hour. Stir frequently. Serve with a favorite main dish such as sauerbraten or roasted pork shanks.

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