I can’t believe there was ever a time in my life when I didn’t like red cabbage. Now, it is my favorite part of having German food! In fact, I would go as far as to say the rest of the meal simply isn’t complete without it. Yes, it is really that good! The sweet and sour flavor offsets the cheesiness of the spätzle and the potato salad for a truly amazing combination of flavors!
If you’ve never had German red cabbage you need to try this recipe as soon as possible. And if you’ve never had an entire authentic German dinner, be sure to check out my other recipes for German schnitzel, Warm German Potato Salad and Spätzle!
Slice, Dice, and Toss in the cooker!
Making German red cabbage is actually fairly simple. It takes very few ingredients and the prep time is minimal. And since it’s made in the slow cooker, you get the added bonus of a home wafting with deliciousness.
All you have to do is throw all the ingredients to the slow cooker, then sit back and wait! When I prepare the cabbage for this recipe, I like to run it through the food processor. I use the medium slicing blade and it has the whole head of cabbage beautifully shredded in seconds. It is also a good way to ensure that all the cabbage is thin and even for best results!
The apples may seem like a strange ingredient to add to red cabbage. This is incredibly important though, so don’t leave them out! (Trust me, I know from experience!) They make the entire difference in whether or not your red cabbage will taste good. But don’t worry, you won’t be eating chunks of apple when it’s ready. The apples will break down as everything cooks and you’ll never even know they were there. Except for the delicious flavor that is!
Last of all, don’t fret if it seems like you’re not adding enough liquid for so much cabbage. It is plenty! And as everything starts to cook down and the natural waters come out, there will be even more.
Here is an up close picture so you can see the beautiful texture and color. I hope you enjoy my recipe for German red cabbage. And I hope you try out my other German recipes as well! Also, don’t forget to serve it up with a nice hearty ale in a glass beer mug to really feel like you’re in Germany!
If you decide to make this recipe, please comment below and let me know how it turned out!