Braised Red Cabbage and Apples

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples

I love harvest time. My childhood is full of Laura Ingalls Wilder books and I’ve always dreamed of being a farmer. It’s a hard life, I know, but there’s something so satisfying about growing your own food, harvesting it, and transforming it into a delicious dish. Last month, my family and several friends visited Miller Farms in Plattsville, Colorado. We make the trek up there once a year for their Fall Harvest Festival. I’m still going through all the produce we acquired, 6 weeks later. Many times, the onions, pumpkins, potatoes, and carrots we pick show up on our Thanksgiving table in November! Here, I created this dish of braised cabbage and apples featuring cabbage and onions handpicked by me, and that makes me feel all accomplished!

This side dish was super easy and quick to create. It turned out so pretty too, don’t you think? Sweet apples meet tangy cabbage in an apple cider vinegar brine. If this doesn’t scream Fall to you, I don’t know what will! It’s definitely a cheap eat too, made more so for me because I didn’t have to buy the cabbage or the onions! 😉 But a whole head of cabbage is what, a dollar or two? And that would feed a whole lot of people in this dish! I made 3 servings with ¼ of a small cabbage. This recipe will feed about 6 though. I just didn’t make that much because it’s just me.

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples
1 T ghee or coconut oil
½ head red cabbage, shredded
1/2 a large onion, finely sliced
1 cup diced green apple
1 T coconut sugar
2 T apple cider vinegar
¼ C water
Salt and Pepper, to taste

1. In a large saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and apple. Sauté until onion is lightly browned, 5-6 minutes.
2. Add cabbage to pan and cook 15 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Boil an additional 5-10 minutes until sauce reduces a bit. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

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