Slow Cooker Cabbage & Apples, slowly braised, is an easy and delicious side dish. This dish is a traditional northern European one, and a close friend, whose roots are in Germany, introduced it to me many years ago. Since then, I love to make it every autumn when apples are in season and cabbages are at their peak. It's a sweet & sour treat which is great on it's own, or served with roasted meats and veggies.
I have always braised the cabbage with apples in the oven, the way my friend showed me. This time, though, I decided to use the slow cooker. Not only does it free up oven space, but using the slow cooker eliminates the need to use any fat or oil. The only other change that I've made to my friend's recipe is swapping the sugar for honey, which to me, gives a little more of a subtle touch of sweetness.
Cabbage in general, and red cabbage in particular, is amazingly good for us, too. For more info on this nutritious cruciferous vegetable and another recipe, check out this Purple Cabbage Soup. Or try Quick Pickled Red Cabbage, or Fennel & Cabbage Slaw.
I love the colour of red cabbage, and braising brings out the flavours of the earthy cabbage while the apples add their own touch of sweet tartness. Apple cider vinegar and a touch of honey round out the lovely fall flavours of this slow cooker cabbage & apples. A sprinkle of caraway seeds are the finishing touch.
Besides the deliciousness of this cabbage with apples, the bonus is how easy it is! After slicing everything, it all just gets tossed in the slow cooker and left to do its amazing thing.
- 1 head red cabbage, cored and sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2-3 apples, cored and sliced
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put everything except the caraway seeds, salt and pepper, into the slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cook on low 5-6 hours or until cabbage is tender. (times will vary with different slow cookers)
- Add caraway seeds, salt and pepper and toss.
- Serve hot or cold
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