Ever cooked something when you didn’t have very high expectations? I was intrigued by the recipe for Red Cabbage with Apple—I thought it looked pretty in the bowl. Quite frankly, it wasn’t something I expected to see recommended for a holiday table (in my little Taste of Home holiday recipe cards book I’ve been using), except that its ruby-red color seemed festive. But I had some leftover turkey bacon and thought I’d make smart use of it by trying out this cabbage dish.
How nice to be pleasantly surprised! Hubby, too—he kept remarking, “Wow, I REALLY like this red cabbage dish.” With his emphasis and intonations on the word REALLY, I knew what he probably was thinking was, “And I didn’t expect to be.” Me, too!
The tangy tartness with the hint of bacon mixes with the sweetness of the apple to create a wonderful flavor. We used this dish as a side with broiled salmon filets, but I can imagine it being great with turkey or chicken as well.
How nice to start the new year off with a good surprise—even one of the food variety!
Red Cabbage with Apple
3 bacon strips, diced (I used turkey bacon)
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small head of red cabbage, chopped
1 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (I used sugar substitute)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
In a large saucepan cook the bacon over medium heat until it is crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels to drain. In the drippings sauté onion and apple until they are tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Stir in reserved bacon. Makes 6 servings. (Courtesy Taste of Home Thanksgiving Recipe Cards).