Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

I was looking for a red cabbage recipe after I came back from my trip to Germany and Czeck Republic this year. I found this one on Food.com and decided to test it out. I am so happy I did because the result was amazing!


  • 1 medium head red cabbage
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • Salt, black pepper


Shred the cabbage. Pour 1 inch of water into a large pot, add 1/4 tbs salt and 2 tbs vinegar (I used rice vinegar because it has a milder flavor). Bring to a boil, add the shredded cabbage, cover and cook for 10 min. Drain and keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, sautee the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

Pour off all but 1 tbs bacon drippings. Add diced onions and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Add brown sugar and flour and continue stirring until the flour is no longer white and for another minute after that. Add water, vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook, still stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens (about 2-3 min).

Add the cabbage to the sauce, stir together and heat through. Stir in bacon right before serving so that it remains crisp longer.

Serve as a side dish to bratswurst or schnitzel.


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