Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sweet and sour

I chanced upon this recipe while trying to use up my red cabbage for my International Vegetarian recipe series.


  • 1 medium head red cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced 
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar (substituted with 1/4 cup regular vinegar, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and 1/2 cup raspberry white balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (added only about 4 tbsp)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water


In a Dutch oven, toss cabbage, apples and onion. Add water, vinegar, sugar, butter and salt. Place the peppercorns, allspice, cloves and bay leaf on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and stir with kitchen string to form a bag. Add to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.

Discard spice bag. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir in cabbage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.


A very simple and tasty dish- loved the sweet and sour combo, the smell of vinegar was heavenly especially when it was piping hot. Even better was the fact that I just had to throw everything in the pot, sit back and relax (I did get up to stir it once in a while). The only problem- I was not sure what to eat it with. While it did not seem like a perfect combo, I did have it rice. 


  1. Loved the color of the dish. Would go perfect with any bread, I feel. Interesting combination of ingredients. Good recipe.

  2. @Chitchat:Hmm next time would give it a try with bread- it was interesting especially because I do not usually make dishes with vinegar!

  3. This looks really yummy..I love this combo and even made soup..I hosted in an event for March and guess, this would have fitted best for the theme..I'm following your blog..really you got to have lots of new dishes..