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Red Cabbage Confit


Crunchy and colorful. Different and slightly daring. Succulent and sweet ‘n’ sour. Try it for a welcome change from carb-laden side dishes. Pairs perfectly with chicken and meat dishes.



Prepare a large bowl filled halfway with water and ice cubes. Pour cabbage in and soak for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. 


Meanwhile, in a five or six quart pot, sauté onion in oil until golden brown, approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


Add cabbage and remaining ingredients, mixing well. Bring to a boil; reduce flame and simmer for 30 minutes, partially covered, until most of the liquid evaporates.


I love seedless raspberry jam or regular raspberry jam with this recipe. You can also use grape jelly. If you don’t use jam on Pesach, sub brown sugar. Start with three tablespoons and adjust to taste. You might want to up some of the other ingredients as well. It will not have the same depth of flavor as with jam, but it will still be palatable.


I find that soaking cabbage in ice water prior to cooking helps remove the processed “off” taste that often accompanies bagged shredded cabbage. It also helps prevent the cabbage from becoming too limp while cooking.