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Braised Red Cabbage Wedges

Braised Red Cabbage Wedges 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Dec 14, 2020

Cabbage rocks: It’s cheap, plentiful, versatile and it’s there in the winter when the variety of fresh vegetables is at a nadir.

In this recipe, cabbage is cut into wedges, seared and then oven-braised in cider and a bit of vinegar. It becomes soft and buttery and hard to stop eating. Don’t worry if some of the wedges fall apart as you are cutting or cooking them; just scoop up all the pieces and toss them into the pot. When you serve it, try to arrange it so the prettiest wedges are on top.

Storage Notes: Leftover cabbage may be tightly covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 large red onion (about 10 ounces), halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium head red cabbage (about 2 pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar (may substitute red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or juice


In a large, heavy, ovenproof lidded pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer the onions to a plate. Remove pan from heat.

Meanwhile, using a chef's knife, cut the cabbage in half through the stem. Place a cabbage half on the cutting board, flat side down and slice into roughly 1-inch wedges, leaving enough of the core so that the wedges hold together as much as possible. Trim away the thickest part of the core, as needed. Repeat with the remaining cabbage half.

Position the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees.

In the same pan, melt another tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add half the cabbage wedges, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, without moving them, until lightly browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes, then carefully flip the wedges with a thin metal spatula, season again with salt and pepper, and brown on the other side, about 5 minutes. Toss any loose cabbage leaves in the pan so that they brown on all sides. Transfer the wedges and leaves to another plate. Repeat with the final tablespoon of butter and the remaining cabbage. Transfer the second batch of cabbage to the plate with the first batch.

In the same pan, add the vinegar and apple cider. Return half of the seared cabbage and loose leaves to the pan, sprinkle the cooked onions over, then add the rest of the seared cabbage, placing the prettiest wedges on top.

Cover the pan and place in the oven. Braise for 1 hour, or until the cabbage is tender (a sharp knife should slide in easily).

Serve directly from the pan or arrange on a platter and serve family-style.

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Recipe Source

Recipe from food writer Katie Workman, founder of The Mom 100 website.

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 282

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 23mg 8%

Sodium: 103mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates: 50g 17%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 40g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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