Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is braised in bacon drippings and enlivened with red wine vinegar and caraway seeds, making it a perfectly balanced holiday side.Ariana Lindquist

Red cabbage is braised in duck fat and enlivened with red wine vinegar and caraway seeds, making it a perfectly balanced holiday side. This recipe, developed by chef Mary Sue Milliken, first appeared in our November 2013 issue with the article State of Grace.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is braised in duck fat and enlivened with red wine vinegar and caraway seeds, making it a perfectly balanced holiday side.
Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 12 cup duck fat or bacon drippings
  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large head red cabbage (about 2 lb.), cored and finely shredded
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 12 cup sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt fat in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, caraway, and bay leaf; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 12 minutes. Stir in cabbage, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 1 hour. Serve hot or at room temperature.