Apple and Onion Braised Cabbage with Bacon

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When the world used to eat, “what is in season” cabbage and apples were a staple during the winter months.  This recipe for Apple and Onion Braised Cabbage with Bacon is a great way to serve healthy delicious winter vegetables.

This earned the “this is the best cabbage I’ve ever had” from my hubby, as he helped himself to seconds

This recipe is also a great to serve as a part of your St. Patrick’s day meal. I’ve never been a big fan of the whole “boiled” dinner, not only for the fact that it all tastes about the same; but also, by boiling your veggies in with your brisket you are transferring all those fats and calories from the cooking liquid into your, what used to be healthy, vegetables. Corned beef, in and of itself, is a fairly low-calorie food, at about 285 calories per 4 ounce serving. Heaven knows that cabbage is also a very low-fat food; when it’s not boiled in fat. Apple and Onion Braised Cabbage with Bacon will give you great flavor to compliment your meal, a bit of crunchy freshness, AND still be healthy.

This earned the “this is the best cabbage I’ve ever had” from my hubby, as he helped himself to seconds. High praise indeed!


Apple and Onion Braised Cabbage with Bacon


  • 3 slices thick apple wood bacon, diced
  • 8 cups white cabbage, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced thinly on the vertical
  • 1 sweet apple, with skin, cored and cut into a julienne (I used my mandoline)
  • 1/4 cup water or dry white wine (a dry Riesling is perfect, or use a Pinot Grigio or Sauv Blanc

    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Step 1

In a large skillet cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on absorbent paper, set-aside. Remove all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan.

Step 2

Add the onion and sauté until they just begin to brown on the edges; add the apples and sauté for about 5 minutes or until the apples are still crisp but beginning to soften. Add the water or wine and deglaze the pan.

Step 3

Add the cabbage and toss well; toss and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cabbage is crisp tender. Add the vinegar, bacon, salt and pepper; toss well. Taste and adjust seasonings.



LindySez: This recipe is perfect for your Saint Patrick’s Day Feast



or your everyday feast…


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Robyn on August 1, 2016

    Hello Lindy, I am a keen cook from country Australia and my first recipe of yours I have tried is the apple an onion braised cabbage with bacon and it was fantastic! So I have subscribed and can’t wait to try more of you recipes. I like your gutsy approach to ingredients and dishes which is full of life rather than too precious! Thank you.


    • posted by LindySez on August 1, 2016

      Robyn, Cheers from America! I am so happy you wrote me and enjoyed the apple and onion braised cabbage recipe. I hope you enjoy many more recipe from the site…welcome to my kitchen. Cheers Lindy

  2. posted by Donna on July 1, 2017

    I make a recipe that’s very similar to yours. It’s delicious. I do have a suggestion, however. In your description you advise to chiffonade the apple. Might you have meant julienne? Chiffonade is stacking leafy vegetables such as cabbage or lettuce, or herbs such as basil, rolling them up, then thinly slicing through to mak little ribbons. 🙂

    • posted by LindySez on July 12, 2017

      Yes, you are correct. Thanks – Lindy


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