I don't know about you, but this time of year makes me start craving food that is slow cooked. Food that makes you warm inside and makes the house smell wonderful all day. Not many people agree that cabbage is that food :) But when it's mixed with apples, cloves and bacon, the scent is reminiscent of the holidays. I never had red cabbage until I met my husband. His mother's family is from Germany and red cabbage was part of their regular meals. I never did get my husband's mother's recipe, but this is very close. Red cabbage reminds me of chow chow and other foods I've eaten in the south. Plus this is so easy to make it's not funny! It's a great side dish with chicken or beef.
Red Cabbage And Apples
1 small red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped small
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 red wine vinegar
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 cup cooked crumbled bacon (optional)
Combine red cabbage, apples, sugar, red wine vinegar and cloves in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours (stir after about 3 hours). Before serving, sprinkle cabbage with bacon.
Makes about 6 servings
“I want death to find me planting my cabbage."
-Michel de Montaigne
"Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head."