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Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
- Remove any ragged leaves from cabbage.
- Cut in quarters, wash and drain.
- Shred cabbage on cutting board, discarding core.
- Heat fat in Dutch oven or casserole.
- If you use bacon, let it melt but not brown.
- Add sugar to hot fat and saute slowly until golden brown.
- Add apple and onion, cover and braise over very low heat 5 minutes.
- Add shredded cabbage and toss until coated with fat.
- Pour vinegar over kraut and stir to mix through.
- Cover and braise slowly, 10 minutes until cabbage has turned"blue" or more exactly, bright purple.
- Sprinkle with salt, add 1 cup water, cover and simmer slowly 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
- Add more liquid if needed.
- Season with pepper and salt, if needed.
I was looking for a Rotkohl recipe that mimicked the one my (now deceased) German dad used to make when I was little. He used to put raisins in it, not apples, but I made it with the apples, omitted the butter and bacon, and added cinnamon and cloves the way he used to. Very good! Reminded me of my childhood :).
I didn't use the bacon and thought that it was a little bland, even though I used stock instead of water. I added a little more salt and also some more sugar towards the end. Next time I'll try it using the bacon as I'm sure that will add extra flavour, I will also add a few peppercorns and a bay leave for even more seasoning. Thanks for sharing this easy to make recipe.
At the 10 minute point of the recipe I could have gobbled this up. Excellent flavor; I used the bacon and beef stock. I then simmered it for 2 hours and it made that magic change to sauerkraut, something I detest but Dh loves. I've never made it because I don't like it. I don't know what I thought was going to happen; it was a happy surprise. Next time I'll take my portion out at 10 minutes and Dh can still enjoy his kraut.