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Rotkohl (Red Cabbage Salad)

Sweet and tangy, this salad is a German classic for a reason! It pairs perfectly with schnitzel or knödel.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 44 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine German
Servings 6 servings


  • Dutch Oven


  • 3 Tbsp. bacon drippings or Canola oil
  • 1 small red cabbage, shredded (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c. water
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ c. white vinegar


  • Begin by heating the bacon drippings or oil in a Dutch Oven over medium heat. When the oil is at temperature, add the cabbage and apples and stir for 2-3 minutes. Then stir in water, sugar, salt, pepper, and cloves.
  • Allow this mixture to come to boil before reducing heat and allowing the mixture to simmer, covered, for 40-45 minutes. Continue to stir occasionally until the cabbage is tender. Then stir in the vinegar and allow to sit for five minutes before serving.
Keyword German Recipe, Oktoberfest Recipe, Salad, Side Dish