We had about eight red cabbages growing in our garden, and I’ve made the same thing with every one so far: braised red cabbage with apples. I just can’t get enough of it. Sometimes, I use red wine as the braising liquid but this time I used beer and it was even better. In Germany, they’d serve this with sausages, but the closest I’ve come is some vegetarian smoked apple sausage (Field Roast – the only brand I like, and the least processed). Some optional additions you might like include 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds (add when you add the cabbage), 1 or 2 tablespoons brown sugar (add with the apples), or 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard (add at the end.) By the way, I have two more cabbages still in the ground. Let me know if you have any recipe suggestions that don’t involve apples and alcohol!

Braised Red Cabbage With Apples and Beer [Vegan]

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 6-7 cups)
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium-large yellow onion, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 12-ounce bottle beer
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • Pinch allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté the onion until very soft, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the apples and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add cabbage and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until cabbage is very tender, about 50 minutes to one hour. Remove bay leaf, adjust seasoning to taste, and serve warm.

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  1. Delicious! I halved it as it was just for 2 of us and I did add a tsp of caraway which was a nice flavor. I did not cook it for an hour, maybe 20 – 30 minutes taking the cover off at the end to evaporate some of the liquid. We had it with rice and chicken cutlets.