For a simple dish, gently fry some red cabbage with apple and bacon - and splash in a little balsamic vinegar to bring out the flavour. Serve with just a little bit of crunch left in the 'shreds'.
Our red cabbage recipes for stir fry and side ideas, along with some tasty slaws, will add an extra bit of bite - as well as warming colour - to your cold weather mealtimes. Try the dishes below for a dish with a difference and ease yourself into the winter months with a tasty (and great-looking) addition to your homemade menu.
Red Cabbage Stir-Fry Recipes
Red Cabbage & Steak
top and sprinkle with the remaining coriander.
Vegetarian Red Cabbage & Sugar Snap Peas
A Tasty Red Cabbage Side Dish Recipe
Red Cabbage Slaw Suggestions
Traditional Red Cabbage Coleslaw
In a large bowl mix together ½ medium-sized red cabbage, washed and shredded, 250g carrots, peeled and grated, and 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped. In another bowl mix 4 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise, 4 tbsp crème fraiche light and 3 tbsp fresh basil, roughly torn. Add the vegetables, mix well and serve.
Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw
Place half a medium-sized red cabbage (thinly shredded), 2 diced apples, 300g peeled and grated carrots, 6 shredded spring onions, 2 peeled and segmented oranges, 100g dried cranberries and 50g pine nuts together in a large mixing bowl.
Mix together 4 tbsp mayonnaise, 1tbsp clear honey, 4 tbsp fromage frais and salt & pepper to taste for the dressing and drizzle over the slaw. Toss well and chill until ready to serve.
Red Cabbage & Cranberry Slaw
Trim the outer leaves from half a red cabbage, wash thoroughly and shred finely. Place in a large bowl. Add a red onion (peeled and thinly sliced) and 200g peeled and grated carrots to the cabbage, along with a finely chopped apple, a bunch of thinly sliced spring onions, 25g dried cranberries and 50g mixed, chopped nuts. Toss together thoroughly.
For the dressing, mix together 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 4tbsp natural yogurt and 2 tbsp cranberry sauce. Drizzle over the veg and toss well. Chill for an hour before serving.
Spiced Red Cabbage With Cranberries
Remove the outer leaves from a red cabbage then shred the remainder thinly. Place in a small pan with 50g butter, 150g cranberries, 50g demerara sugar, 100ml cranberry juice and 5 cloves. Season, then cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time. Remove the lid, stir the cabbage well and raise the heat, allowing the juices to bubble and reduce to a syrupy glaze.
Types Of Cabbage
Red cabbage,with its deep red-purple leaves, is delicious braised and served with roasted meat. Add a little vinegar or lemon juice when cooking to stop it from losing its colour. Here are the other types of cabbage you might want to use in different dishes...
Green cabbage is the most familiar type of cabbage. Keep the leaves whole to make cabbage rolls stuffed with mince and rice.
White cabbage has a sweet, mild taste. Add to crunchy coleslaws and salads, pickle in vinegar or use to make sauerkraut.
Savoy cabbage has dark green, crinkled leaves that are tender and full of flavour. Cut away any of the tough core before using. Chop the leaves finely and stir fry, or add to soups.
Brussels sprouts are mini cabbages and best steamed or pan-fried to retain their crunch.
Trim off the base and outer leaves before cooking. You don’t have to cut a cross into the bottom, as this can make them go soggy.