Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples and Cranberries

  • Serves

    serves 6-8

  • Cook

    3 hours


Red cabbage and apples are stewed with wine, sugar, and dried cranberries in this spiced side dish, best served with roasted meat like Apple- and Chestnut-Stuffed Goose with Egg Noodles. Use tart apples, such as Granny Smith, if you want a more sour-sweet flavor from this cabbage dish.


  • 2 large apples, such as Cortland or Rome, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 1 red cabbage (2 1/4 lbs.), cored and finely shredded
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 18 tsp. ground cloves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped dried cranberries


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the apples and cabbage with the lemon juice, cumin, and cloves and season with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the sugar and cook until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the marinated cabbage and apples along with 1⁄4 cup wine, the vinegar, and 1⁄2 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Pour the remaining 1⁄4 cup wine into the pan along with the cranberries and cook, covered, until the cabbage is very tender, 10 minutes more. Season the cabbage with salt and pepper before serving.