A Word From The Cook

“German Apple Red Cabbage is a sweet salad that can be served hot or cold. This cabbage salad recipe was shared by Uli Lengenberg, Master Butcher at Uli's Famous Sausage.”


Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

1 Hour

Total Time:

75 Minutes


6-8 Servings


  • 1 Medium red cabbage, sliced into 1/8 inch strips
  • 4 Slices bacon, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 Apple, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Bay-leaves
  • 3-4 Whole cloves
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 1/8 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 Cup red wine
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 Tablespoon potato starch
  1. Step 1 – Sauté Cabbage and Onions
    1. Melt butter in a big soup pot or Dutch oven, and cook bacon until crispy.
    2. Add the onions, and cook until lightly browned.
  2. Step 2 – Cook Ingredients for an Hour
    1. Add remaining ingredients (except for potato starch) and bring to boil. Check the taste and add seasoning if desired.
    2. Uli says the trick is to keep the red cabbage moist while cooking it, it should not float in liquid, but you need the liquid otherwise it might burn/stick to the bottom of the pot
    3. Cook over low heat, until the cabbage is tender, about an hour.
    4. Remove from heat.
    5. Optional: Mix the potato starch with a little water and add into the cabbage, to thicken it and give it a shiny appearance.
    6. Serve hot or cold.
    7. Serve as part of this complete German Party Food Menu