Blue Cabbage – Red Cabbage Recipe with Instructions and Video all Tips of the Professional Kitchen


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Today I show you my chef recipe for the Blue Cabbage – Red Cabbage

Here you find a funny little story from Christiane. She was born in Northern Germany in Hamburg. This is interesting because it contains a funny red cabbage story: At a time when she was a baby, her mom had a neighbour in Hamburg who was completely unexperienced in cooking and who liked to pick up cooking tips from her.

The mum therefore explained the red cabbage preparation to her: red cabbage, apples, onion, lard, cider vinegar, pepper, salt, sugar and allspice, bay leaves and cloves which are called ‘Nelken’ in Germany. The lady, the neighbour cooked it that way – with the ‘Nelken’! But ‘Nelken’ are in Germany also beautiful flowers, i.e. carnations and not only the special spice cloves 😉

So, please take the spice – the cloves! The great recipe for the blue cabbage – red cabbage from me can be found at the end of this page. Please also share this post on Facebook, thank you!

1. Blue cabbage – Red cabbage and around it

Red cabbage is the North German designation, red herb is said in Central Germany and also Austria, blue cabbage is said in Southern Germany to this delicious cabbage.

blue cabbage, red cabbage the harvest

Red cabbage tastes best from the field into the pot.

Red cabbage is a classic and typical accompaniment to a festive or Sunday roast, e.g. venison steak. Personally, I hprefer to eat vegetarian food and leave out the animal ingredients when preparing red cabbage. The cabbage in the bourgeois version also tastes great to me with dumplings of all kinds and potatoes. The cabbage is also great raw – in the warm season as a salad or part of a Buddhabowl.

I show you below the classic way of preparation, as it is most beautiful for the Christmas goose. The cabbage is best fresh, but if you want it to go fast, you can also use the red cabbage from the glass or the freezer. Then please add the mentioned herbs and apples/apple compote according to your taste.

2. Blue Cabbage – Red Cabbage, the Preparation

Here we go: As a Bavarian, I call red cabbage a blue cabbage. Below in the video you may watch the preparation from a fresh red cabbage, sorry… blue cabbage.

blue cabbage - red cabbage a whole head

Blue cabbage – red cabbage a beauty

blue cabbage - red cabbage halved

Blue cabbage – red cabbage halved with a wonderful grain

2.1 Schnibbeln (North German Talk for cut small) – Preday

The red cabbage is finely chopped. You can do this with a sharp big knife – and bend your fingers to the palm of your hand so that you don’t cut yourself! Another option for a fine cut is a slicer or bread slicer ( trick 17 of the smart housewife).

finely chopped blue cabbage (red cabbage)

Chop the red cabbage finely

3. Marinating Red Cabbage – the right Way to make Red Cabbage…

Add the vegetable stock to the finely chopped or grated cabbage. Add roughly diced fresh apples or apple sauce, cranberries, white wine, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Afterwards you should mix everything and knead the red cabbage lovingly and strongly.

The marinating of the red cabbage already takes place the day before, with a marinating time overnight.  This allows the aromas to develop perfectly in the red cabbage. The cooking time of the red cabbage is at least 2 hours, better somewhat longer (matter of taste: either cabbage with light bite or very creamy cooked).

blue cabbage, red cabbage chopped with apple, cranberries, balsamico, spices

All the ingredients for marinating the red cabbage in a bowl

Knead red cabbage (red cabbage, red cabbage) well during preparation

Knead the red cabbage once, this is important so that the structure of the cabbage is broken up and the cabbage can boil softly.

herb sachet

Put laurel leaf, cloves, pimento and juniper berries in a tea bag. Boil the tea bag in red cabbage.

Port wine in red cabbage

The secret ingredient for the perfect red cabbage 😉

red cabbage cooking

Cook the red cabbage for at least 2 hours.

4. Blue Cabbage – Red Cabbage, the Video with Cooking Instructions

Video Prepare blue cabbage or red cabbage

5. Blue Cabbage – Red Cabbage, the Recipe

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Blue Cabbage - Red Cabbage, the Recipe
Cooking video and tips for cooking blue cabbage, red cabbage yourself. The classic perfect preparation with tips from professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Bavarian Recipes, German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 4 Persons
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 500 g Red cabbage finely chopped raw
  • 100 ml vegetable broth
  • 120 g applesauce or fresh apples finely diced
  • 3 tbs cranberries sweet cranberry compote from the glass
  • 150 ml white wine dry, alternatively red wine plus the new secret ingredient
  • 30 ml Balsamico
  • 1 pc onion
  • 1 pc bay leave place on the onion
  • 3 pc cloves stick through bay leaf and onion
  • some salt
  • pepper
  • Finely chop or plane the red cabbage.
  • Mix the finely chopped red cabbage with chicken stock, apple sauce, cranberries, white wine, balsamic vinegar as well as salt and pepper - knead the red cabbage well. This breaks the cell structure of the red cabbage and the spices penetrate wonderfully.
  • The prepared red cabbage can now be marinated overnight in a pot in the refrigerator or prepared immediately. Before boiling, add the onion, halved and larded with bay leaf and clove.
  • Bring the red cabbage to the boil with the lid on, then simmer lightly for 1.5-2.5 hours with the lid on, if necessary add some vegetable stock.
  • Season the red cabbage to taste with salt and pepper and keep it hot for serving.

6. Calories (kcal) Blue Cabbage - Red Cabbage, the Nutritional Values

Nutrition Facts
Blue Cabbage - Red Cabbage, the Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.04g
Sodium 873mg38%
Potassium 382mg11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

7. Red Cabbage as a Side Dish with...

Red cabbage goes well as a side dish with the following dishes:
Knuckle of veal, German Sauerbraten - Marinated Pot Roast, Recipes for Roast Pork and Classic Roast Pork with Red Wine Sauce and Plums, Goose Roast Recipe with great Tutorial, Videos and Side Ideas, all Tips of the Professional Kitchen in One Article, Roulade Recipe – Preparing Beef Roulades, Duck Leg Recipe for the Oven, Kitchen Story with Videos, Fried Duck Breast, duck breast oven, roast duck, venison steak, venison pepper, venison ragout - deer ragout, vegetarian Christmas goose and vegetarian goose roast.
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