Slow Cooker Red Cabbage Apple Braise, is an easy and delicious side dish. This dish is a traditional northern European one, and a close friend, whose roots are in Germany, introduced it to me many years ago. Since then, I love to make it every autumn, when apples are in season and cabbages, are at their peak. It's a sweet & sour treat which is great on its own or served with roasted meats and veggies.
Usually, I braise the cabbage with apples in the oven, the way my friend showed me. This time, though, I decided to use the slow cooker. Not only does it free up oven space, but using the slow cooker eliminates the need to use any fat or oil. The only other change that I've made to my friend's recipe is swapping the sugar for honey, which to me, gives a little more of a subtle touch of sweetness. Slow cookers are often forgotten, but they are true workhorses in the kitchen.
Why Red Cabbage is Wonderful
Cabbage in general, and red cabbage in particular, is amazingly good for us, too. For more info on this nutritious, delicious, cruciferous (Yes. I adored, typing that) vegetable, check out 9 Impressive Benefits Of Red Cabbage
I love the colour of red cabbage, don't you? And braising brings out the flavours of the earthy cabbage while the apples add their own touch of sweet tartness. Apple cider vinegar and a touch of honey round out the lovely fall flavours of this slow cooker cabbage & apples. A sprinkle of caraway seeds are the finishing touch.
Besides the deliciousness of this slow cooker red cabbage apple braise, the bonus is how easy it is! After slicing everything, you just toss it all into the slow cooker. Then just leave it to do that wondrous thing that it does.
Slow Cooker Red Cabbage & Apples -Braised Red Cabbage
- 1 head red cabbage cored and sliced
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 2-3 apples cored and sliced
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put everything except the caraway seeds, and salt and pepper, into the slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cook on low 5-6 hours or until cabbage is tender. (times will vary with different slow cookers)
- Add caraway seeds, salt and pepper and toss.
- Serve hot or cold