Apfelrotkohl (Red Cabbage with Apples), also called Rotkohl or Blaukraut, is a favorite side dish of ours. It is a traditional German recipe. We like to grow our own red cabbage and prepare the dish once the cabbage is harvested in the fall and there are lots of apples to go with it, too. Then I freeze it and it is all ready for winter. Sure, you can also make the red cabbage recipe fresh anytime.
Apfelrotkohl for us starts with cabbage seeds in early spring, tending to the plants, harvesting, and finely cooking a big pot of it. The cabbage we grow in our short growing season never gets very big, so I often used 2 cabbages for the amount of one.
If it fills the pot to the edge, do not worry, it cooks down quite a bit.
To make this yummy treat is way simpler than one would think. The only trouble is the red color on your hands, the cutting board, and everything else that the red cabbage would touch. But it is so worth it!
Let’s make it.
- 1 onion (or a quarter of a huge onion, you need about 125g)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (can be substituted with water if you cook oil-free)
- 1 big red cabbage (or several small 1250g)
- 5 apples (500g)
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 5 cloves
- ¼ - ½ cup sugar, or 2 TB -1/3 cup honey (depending on taste).
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- Sautee chopped onions in oil or water
- Add chopped cabbage, cook till it cooks down (ca. 10 minutes)
- Add apples
- Cover, turn down the heat to medium to low, and let simmer for 20 - 30 minutes
- Stir occasionally
- Taste, season some more if needed
Serve the Apfelpotkohl for example with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. It’s so good!
Freezing the Apfelrotkohl for winter
We freeze the apfel rotkohl in portions for winter. Recycled plastic containers are great. Freezer bags can also be used. In the picture above I doubled the recipe. One batch makes about 9 potions.
To reheat, we take the apfe rotkohl out of the container and put it frozen into a pot with some water at the bottom and heat on medium-low until hot.
Bonus: Fermented Red Cabbage with Apple Salad
Even though we love the Apfelrotkohl (Red Cabbage with Apples) Recipe, we also love the row version of it with fermented red cabbage.
I use fermented red cabbage, fresh apples, chopped red onions, and hemp seeds. Optional maple syrup can be used to sweeten it. Just mix and enjoy.
A must-have book for fermented vegetables is Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes.