Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Apple

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I was fortunate enough to grow up with a very close family. Not just close in location {I had two sets of grandparents and two sets of aunts, uncles, and cousins ALL on one street}, but close in that we seemed to be getting together with family nearly every weekend. During the holidays even more so…it was not unusual for us to get together EVERY night between Christmas Eve  and New Years.

The houses may have changed over time, but the food was the same.  My grandmother ALWAYS made a pork roast, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, green beans, and her famous sweet and sour cabbage.  That was what I looked forward to the most. Even as a  kid, I loved cabbage and hers was the BEST.


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Years later, when I decided I wanted to make it for myself, I was surprised to learn that my grandmother’s famous sweet and sour cabbage actually came from a jar.

Jar or no jar, hers was still the best, but I do think I have come up with a very close second.


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Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Apple


  • 1 red onion {thinly sliced}
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head of red cabbage {cut into thin strips}
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 apple {I used a honey crisp} cored, quartered, and thinly sliced


  • in a dutch oven heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat
  • once the butter has melted,add the onion
  • saute until the onion is soft and translucent {about 10 minutes}
  • add the cabbage
  • stir until the cabbage begin to wilt
  • add the sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper
  • stir and cover
  • reduce the heat to med-low and cook for 15 minutes {the cabbage will be tender}
  • add the apple slices, stirring frequently, and cook until the apples are tender, but not mushy {another 5 minutes}


To this day, I cannot even think about eating pork of any kind without sweet and sour  cabbage.


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