Rotkohl (Sweet and Sour Braised Cabbage)

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

Traditionally served at Christmas Eve dinner in Germany and Austria, this non-traditional recipe (bacon instead of rendered fat) can be served with any meat or poultry dish.


  1. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tbsp drippings in pan. Set bacon aside.
  2. Add onions to drippings in pan and saute 3 minutes. Add apple to pan, saute 2 minutes. Add cabbage to pan and saute 2 minutes.
  3. Add cider and remaining ingredients to pan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Discard cloves and bay leaf. Sprinkle with bacon and serve.