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German Style Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

German Style Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

This is a family heirloom recipe from my German Grandmother Agusta.

Submitted by: Kurt from Chicago, Illinois
Yield: 4 Servings


Featured in this Recipe


  • 2 Pounds (approximately) red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 or 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and shredded
  • 1 to 2 Cups hot water
  • 1/3 to 2/3 Cup vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons butter or hard bacon grease
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation Instructions:

Remove outer wilted leaves and rinse under cold water. Shred or chop (do not use core).

In a heavy pot or Dutch Oven combine cabbage and apple, 1 cup of hot water and the rest of ingredients except onion. Cover and bring to a boil.

Let boil for 10 min add more water if necessary. Bury onion in center of pot covering with cabbage mixture simmer for 15 min.

Stir and taste, should be more sweet than sour. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

Let simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally. Mixture should be slightly juicy.

Remove onion make sure all cloves are still in onion.

Slightly thicken with corn starch if desired before serving or cooling. Enjoy!!

More About This Recipe

This is best if made a day ahead and let age in the fridge overnight.


Based on 3 reviews

Customer Reviews


This recipe is a wonderful reminder of my Mother’s cooked cabbage. The apples are the secret and if you use bacon renderings it’s just plain awesome. Cabbage is a great source vitamin C. It also gives you doses of fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and K, and more. So adding a little bacon fat and a mere 1Tbls of sugar is a winner every time if it gets my kids to eat it. And they do, they love it! Thank you for the recipe.


My Oma made hers the same way. I love it. Thanks.


That’s exactly how my Oma made it as well.

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