Sunday, October 19, 2014

Recipe #17: Hot and Sour Red Cabbage with Bacon

This recipe is a hands-down pairing with rouladen, recipe #8, and even if you're not a cabbage-loving person, this offering may just change your mind.  It's like all the components of this recipe are pieces in a jigsaw puzzle coming together to form a perfect dish.

4 strips bacon                                                   1 tart apple, diced
2 tbsp sugar                                                      1 tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup onion, chopped                                 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp salt                                                        1 small head red cabbage, shredded

In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, then crumble.  Add sugar to bacon fat in skillet and stir over medium heat, about 2 minutes.  Add onion and sauté about 5 minutes until translucent.  Add cabbage, apple, vinegar, cayenne and salt and stir until all are combined.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook about one hour, stirring occasionally.  After one hour, taste cabbage...there should be a combination of sweet/tart.  Adjust accordingly.  Bon appetit!

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