Rotkohl – sweet and sour warm red cabbage dish with apples and raisins

Tom Franz

Classic side dish for meat recipes. I love the sweet and sour flavors of the red cabbage.

Recipe for 6-8 people.


2 pounds red cabbage

2 onions

1 cup white wine

¼ cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons oil

2 apples, peeled and grated coarsely

1 apple, peeled and thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste


Chop the onion finely and fry in large saucepan until the onions are golden. Add the sugar and caramelize. Add the wine and reduce by half. Cut the red cabbage into thin strips and add to the saucepan. Add the apples, salt and pepper to taste and stir. Cook until the cabbage softens. Taste and adjust seasoning.

It is also customary to add a quarter cup of vinegar to the wine and reducing them together, and two cloves when adding cabbage to the pot. It’s just amazing, sweet and sour dish with an addictive taste. In this case because the cabbage is served with the Sauerbraten, I find it less suitable but for those of you who love to experience new flavors feel free to experiment!