Cider-Braised Cabbage

"Come fall, it's apple-picking time, and also time to get fresh-pressed apple cider! Cider is not just for drinking, but for adding fall flavor to your menu. Braising the cabbage in cider gives it a light, but distinct, apple flavor."
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  • Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add cabbage; saute until slightly wilted, tossing frequently, about 6 minutes. Stir in apple cider. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Uncover; simmer until almost all liquid in pot evaporates, about 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. reneeshort
    The hubby and I really liked this. When I asked him what he thought the recipe, he said " It's a keeper!" I sauted some sliced smoked turkey sausage with the onions to make a one-dish-meal that is low in carbs. This is a good recipe for diabetics, as apples and apple vinegar are really good for them, as is the roughage from the cabbage. Low cal and low carb, too. A real winner.
  2. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    The cabbage came out still a little crunchy and nice. I would have liked a little more apple flavor here. I used cider and organic apple cider vinegar with the 'mother'. A little grated or thinly sliced apple here would probably be very nice and add just the right touch. The onion seemed a little too pronounced here so next time I think I will use a little less of that. Thanks for a great recipe Jackie!
  3. PalatablePastime
    Excellent flavor! Not braised as long as southern style braised cabbage, this is like a cross between braising and stir-fry and the flavor is nothing like boiled cabbage. The vinegar and cider give it is nice little zip. Made for CQ15.
  4. threeovens
    This is such a simple recipe, and is similar to pickled cabbage, but it has far more subtlety and finesse. I think this recipe has that elusive quality they call umami. It almost tastes like meat (which is high praise from me!)
  5. Baby Kato
    We really enjoyed this version of braised cabbage JackieOhNo. It was simply delicious. It had the right ratio of sweet and tangy. We liked the slight crunch to the cabbage. Over all we loved it, a perfect side served with fresh cod cakes. Made for Culinary Quest - Ireland - 2015.


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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