Smokey Red Braised Cabbage for #SundaySupper

me age 3 wishing for good food in the fridge

Me age 3 already wishing for good food in the fridge!

This week Sunday Supper goes “Retro” as we pull out and dust off classic old favorites and either make as is, or modernize a bit. I chose this popular dish from my childhood and tweaked it a bit. If you are a fan of the movie, A Christmas Story, then you know this goes best with meatloaf and mashed potatoes!

If you have never tried braising, it is nothing more than quick searing then cooking something slowly partially covered in liquid. This technique brings out the sweetness in vegetables like cabbage.
It is also works on tougher cuts of meat. I use Gala, Fuji or Braeburn apples for added sweetness that can stand up to slow cooking. McIntosh or Granny Smith work well too, but no bonus sweetness!

Smokey Red Braised Cabbage


  • 6 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 1/2 pound bacon (pork or turkey), cooked and chopped
  • 1 apple, sliced thin
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (or reserved bacon fat if you dare)
  • Salt and pepper

Place butter in a large skillet. Add cabbage and sauté over med-high heat for about 5 minutes or until cabbage starts to sweat.
Stir in bacon and onion, reduce heat to medium and cook another 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add broth and apples. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is soft and tender. Add additional broth during cooking time if needed.
Serve alone as an entree or use as a side dish.

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41 Responses to Smokey Red Braised Cabbage for #SundaySupper

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  5. Renee says:

    Being half-German I’ve had my share of seeing red cabbage all my life. It does bring back lots of memories from my childhood. I just love all these Retro recipes today.
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  11. Mmmm, I love cabbage…any way I can get it!
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  15. Katie says:

    Yummm. The color of your braised cabbage is oh so beautiful!!!!
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  16. Liz says:

    I think I might even get hubby to eat cabbage if I add bacon! Even if I don’t win him over, I’ll be happy to eat his share…love this!!!

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  18. Tara says:

    Such a cute picture of you!! My mouth is just watering thinking about this braised cabbage!!
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  19. Sarah says:

    I bet I’d have eaten a lot more cabbage if it was made like this!
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  20. My mom never made this growing up, but when we would go to my Grandma’s it was always there! Great pick!
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  22. I never tried cabbage like this, but it really sounds great and with apples and bacon it might be perfect! Love the flavors.
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  25. The bacon must be giving the the red cabbage such intense and wonderful flavors. This is a recipe I would treasure too, simply because I grew up with red cabbage and mashed potato. =)

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  30. This is a recipe I’ve been wanting to try lately…I just love the rich color. Sounds delicious@
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  31. I love red braised cabbage. I always do mine with balsamic vinegar but I love your version with bacon.
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  32. Bea says:

    Braised red cabbage is one of my favorites. It is sooo good :)
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  33. I don’t make cabbage as often as I should since I like it all different ways! I am def going to try this recipe!
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  34. Cindy, you were such a cutie patootie! That’s often the look I have when I’m standing in front of my fridge, wistfully wishing for something delicious to appear (that I don’t have to cook – hah!). I love braising – such a fabulous way to make a yummy, hearty dish like this.

  35. Faye Leong says:

    Cindy, you really know how to pose for photo since young, you look stunning! This braised cabbage sounds delicious and easy to prepare. Will try it soon!
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