Try this recipe for braised red cabbage, then check out our classic red cabbage, slow cooker red cabbage and pickled red cabbage, plus discover more of our best ever veggie sides for Christmas.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 rashers smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 red cabbage, core removed and shredded
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 30g brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a couple of big strips orange zest
  • 4 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the butter in a heavy ovenproof pan, add the bacon and fry until just coloured. Scoop out, then layer up the red cabbage, apples, brown sugar and bacon, seasoning well as you go. Tuck in the cinnamon stick and orange peel. Put the pan over high heat and add the red wine and vinegar, bring to the boil and cook for 3-4 minutes. Seal the pan with a lid, then transfer to the oven for an hour. Check a couple of times to make sure the liquid hasn’t dried out and add a splash of water if needed.


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