Holiday Spiced Cabbage
This is a delicious side dish, especially popular in Baltic/Scandinavian, and Eastern European countries. The cabbage is slightly sweetened, and simmered in mulling spices along with apples. It is a comfort food that is very pretty too! This will make 4-6 ample side servings.
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 c. chopped red (or other mild) onion
2 c. matchstick cut, peeled apple
8 c. shredded cabbage
2 Tbsp. honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. each: cloves, allspice, and cinnamon
2 Tbsp. red wine (or apple juice)
1 Tbsp. currant or ligonberry jam (if you love heat, you could use hot pepper jam)
Saute the onion in butter until soft and aromatic in a large skillet. Stir in the apple, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until apple is beginning to soften. Add the cabbage, cook for 3-4 minutes.
Whisk together the honey, vinegar, salt, and spices; drizzle mixture over the cabbage, toss to incorporate well. Cover and continue cooking another 5-7 minutes, or until the cabbage is to the consistency of your liking. We like it soft, but with a slight bit of crunch still remaining. You may like it softer.
Combine the wine (or juice) and jam, then stir into the cabbage. Cook, uncovered for just a couple of minutes longer, to meld all the flavors together. Very good warm, but we like cold leftovers too!
Recipe created or adapted by Liz Talley, Urban Graze
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