Braised Red Cabbage

A healthy(ish) side dish of braised red cabbage with rich spices - a perfect Sunday roast or Christmas dinner accompaniment.

Key Details

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 onion
  • 1 red cabbage
  • 2 eating apples
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • ¼ whole nutmeg, freshly grated
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 100ml red wine vinegar
  • a generous knob of unsalted butter


Preheat the oven to 170°C/325ºF/gas 3.

Peel and slice the onion. Click off and discard any tatty outer leaves from the cabbage, then remove the core and finely shred. Peel and grate your apple.

In a fairly large casserole dish, arrange a layer of shredded cabbage seasoned with salt and pepper, then a layer of chopped onions and apples with a sprinkling of garlic, spices and sugar. Continue with these alternate layers until everything is in. Now pour in the vinegar, lastly add dots of butter on the top.

Pop in the oven and cook slowly for 1 hour 45 minutes. Give it a stir half way through until you have a perfectly soft, sticky, delicious braised cabbage dish for your Christmas table!

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