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Braised Red Cabbage

Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 11:35 AM EST
Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:
2 Heads of Red Cabbage
2 Medium sized White or Yellow Onion
2 cups Red or White Table Wine
1 cup of Apple Jelly
¼ cup Olive Oil
½ TBS Caraway Seeds
¼ cup of Red Wine Vinegar
To taste Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS:
In a pre-heated pot large enough to hold all of the raw ingredients add in the Olive Oil followed by the julienned onion. Sautee until a slight caramel has been achieved. Once the onions are slightly browned add in the Cabbage and the caraway seeds. Sautee this for a slight bit then add in the liquid ingredients and the Apple Jelly. Give this a good stir. Season this with Salt and Pepper. Cover the Pot with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let this cook about an hour or until the cabbage is tender. Give this a taste and adjust seasoning. This is a dish that is great on its first day but is better on the following days as it has time to develop and deepen in flavor.

VARIATIONS:
Many variations on this are common. One can change the Jelly to a more savory variety (pepper jelly, currant jelly). One can cook this with bacon (cook diced bacon in your pot first and use the rendered bacon fat to sauté the onion). You can omit the jelly (which adds body) and use sugar to help sweeten. One can also use a broth or a stock in place of the wine, but I would still use the vinegar to aid in achieving a balanced taste. In short try the dish as is, but use this as a base from which you can try a new and different direction. Braised Red Cabbage


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