Sides Vegan Vegetarian

Rotkohl (German Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage)

Rotkohl is a very popular and really delicious German side dish made with red cabbage, apples, and onions or shallots. It’s healthy, and goes together well with pork, beef, sausages, and chicken. Rotkohl is the perfect balance of sweet and sour, and tender and crunchy.  It’s also very pleasing to the eye. But rotkohl ain’t just beautiful, it tastes awesome too. Double threat side dish.


1 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. butter

1 green apple, thinly sliced

2 large shallots, thinly sliced

¼ c apple cider vinegar

1 c. apple cider

2 bay leaves

½ tsp. ground cloves (optional, but recommended)

PInch of sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

To cook the cabbage, heat the butter over medium high heat in a large skillet. Cook the shallots and apples for 3 minutes. Add the cabbage, vinegar, apple cider, bay leaves , sugar, and cloves (if you are including them). Turn the heat down to medium, cover, and cook the cabbage for 30 minutes or until it is tender (but not mushy). Season with salt and pepper. 

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