At the church dinner on Sunday there was quite a lively discussion about the Czech Dill Gravy discussed on this blog recently. One of the women’s eyes widened and got very excited about the meal they had eaten while vacationing in Texas. “We had real German food!” And then she raved at length about the red cabbage.
I recall eating in an International restaurant where the red cabbage was worth raving about.
SIDEBAR: Mom always used red cabbage for slaw and said it couldn’t be cooked because the color would run! **Roll your eyes here and grin. It’s pretty obvious my mom never ate Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage! That’s odd; she was as German as they come but I guess my German Grandma thought the color would bleed, too! END SIDEBAR.
Here are the secrets to making this mouth-watering delight:
SWEET AND SOUR RED CABBAGE
Shred one medium head red cabbage.
*Use your food processor or box grater. If you use a blender you will need to use liquid and that will remove flavor and nutrients.
Place the shredded cabbage into a good sized saucepan with 1 quart of cold water.
Add salt to taste. As soon as this comes to a full boil, add 1/2 cup of brown sugar. If you have caraway seeds and want to be genuinely German, add a scant tablespoon full. **If you do not have these, the Kitchen Police will never report this info to Interpol.
When the cabbage is tender, place the cooked veg into a bowl. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar over the mixture, along with 1/4 cup butter. Toss the cabbage until the butter and vinegar coats the cabbage.
Call everybody to the table! Their side dish is ready!
This is very inexpensive to make, it goes together quickly and easily and it makes a very appetizing side dish for your dinner plate. Served with poultry, beef, or pork, it is ideal. It also goes well with venison or rabbit if you have that sort of protein available to you.
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