less than 30 mins
30 mins to 1 hour
Bring that festive feeling to your kitchen with some red cabbage simmering on the stove.
This recipe can be made in advance, perfect if you are planning for a stress-free Christmas.
For this recipe you will need a food processor.
Heat the butter and oil in a large lidded saucepan. When hot, add the onion and fry gently until softened. Stir in the spices. Add the cabbage and fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until glossy.
Stir in the sugar, apples and red wine vinegar. Cover with a lid and let it cook gently for 30 minutes.
Stir in the redcurrant or cranberry sauce (if using) and cook for a further 10 minutes. If you aren’t using the sauce, taste the cabbage and add a little more sugar if it’s too tart for your taste.
The cabbage should be cooked for 15-20 minutes more if it isn’t finely shredded.
This dish freezes well. Let the cooked cabbage cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container (it will keep in the freezer for 3 months). Defrost in the microwave or overnight in the fridge. Reheat in a microwave or in a saucepan on the hob.
By Rick Stein
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