Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly

By • November 24, 2013 • 8 Comments



Author Notes: A classic, with the technique inspired by Molly Stevens's wonderful braised green cabbage. I like to take the browning a little too far -- I want the edges slightly crisp and charred, which plays beautifully off the rest of the tender long-braised cabbage.Nicholas Day

Serves 6

  • 1 medium head red cabbage (about 2 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 apples, relatively tart, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup red or black currant jelly
  1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Oil a large baking dish (9-by-13-inch, ideally) with half of the melted butter.
  2. Peel the outer leaves from the cabbage and cut it into 8 wedges. Nestle the wedges in the baking dish, more or less in a single layer. Salt liberally and drizzle the remaining butter and 1/4 cup water over the top. Cover tightly with foil and braise for an hour.
  3. After an hour, gently turn over each wedge and slide the sliced apples in among the cabbage. Drizzle the red wine vinegar over the top. Cover again with foil and braise for another hour.
  4. Take the cabbage out of the oven and remove the foil. It should be so tender it nearly melts. Increase the heat of the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is warming up, drizzle the 1/4 cup currant jelly over the cabbage and gently incorporate it. Then slide the cabbage back in the oven and cook for another 15 or so minutes, until the wedges have started to brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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4 months ago pieGirl

Fabulous recipe. Absolutely delicious. It's close to being dessert. Used granny smith apples, and black current 100% fruit jam. Thanks Nicholas.

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6 months ago Molly

do you think there's a way to adapt this recipe for a slow-cooker?

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8 months ago susanna.faygenbaum

i made this today with red cabbage, and it was incredible! can you make this with green cabbage?

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8 months ago Pork n' Tofu

Jara - I used apricot and it was delicious.

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8 months ago Sunnycovechef

Jara, I have used strawberry jam , mixed berry jam or grape jelly. My family in Germany uses sugar. Check out my version of red cabbage I posted.

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8 months ago Muse

I love, love, LOVE braised red cabbage with mashed potatoes...can't wait to make this! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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8 months ago Jara

What can I substitute for the currant jelly? I have a beautiful red cabbage at home I'd love to try this with, and some berry and jalapeno jellies.

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8 months ago Nicholas Day

Honestly, Jara, I'm sure you can -- but I never have. I bet most berry jellies would be great, though.