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Easy Braised Red Cabbage

This easy red cabbage with apple recipe takes a ready-made product and makes it taste more like homemade with just a little extra work.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author The Kitchen Maus


  • 1 jar of ready-made Red Cabbage with Apple
  • 1/2 tart or semi tart Apple like Granny Smith
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Lingonberry or Red Currant Jelly
  • 1 tablespoon of Bacon Fat


  1. Thinly slice half of an apple. Melt bacon fat in a large pot over medium heat and saute the apple slices until soft and lightly browned. Add jar of red cabbage and saute for 5 minutes. Fill empty red cabbage jar 1/3 full with water and pour over cooking cabbage. Add red wine vinegar, lingonberry jam, bay leaf and juniper berries. Stir well. Cover the the pot and cook for 30 minutes on low. Enjoy warm!
  2. Traditionally served with roast pork, duck, goose or sauerbraten. Also pairs well with bratwurst.

Recipe Notes

If your jar of ready-made red cabbage doesn't have apple in it, just add the whole apple instead of just half.
You can substitute red wine for red wine vinegar if you want it to be a little less tart.
Any type of red jelly or jam works for this recipe. Black currant jelly as well.
Olive oil or vegetable shortening can be subbed for the bacon fat.