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Braised Red Cabbage

Easy to make and great as an accompaniment for Xmas dinner and can be made in advance. I like to cook red cabbage in the oven, but you can cook it on top on a low heat with regular stirring.

Braised Red Cabbage

Dietary: Vegan, Gluten-free

Serves 6


  • 1 small red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cooking apple, peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 100ml red wine
  • 50g brown sugar (you may need a little more)


  • 4 bay leaves
  • A small cinnamon stick
  • 1 start anise
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 4 cloves
  • 6 black peppercorns


  1. Preheat the oven to 150c/gas mark 2.
  2. Cut a small square of muslin (or a clean piece of cotton) or you can buy special muslin bags.
  3. Put the spices into the muslin and tie together with string.
  4. Place all of the ingredients in a large pan and bring to the boil.
  5. Transfer to a large casserole dish, cover with foil and place in the oven and cook for approx. 2 ½ hours-stirring often. Taste several times during cooking and adjust the seasoning, sugar and vinegar to taste.

Delicious food photography by Rob Wicks of Eat Pictures.

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