Festive red cabbage

Serve this spiced and sticky side dish alongside all the classic Christmas trimmings – it’s richly flavoured with red wine, cinnamon, star anise and apples

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:3 hrs
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 112
  • fat 2g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 16g
  • sugars 14g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0g


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 150ml red wine
  • 1 red cabbage (about 900g/2lb), shredded
  • 2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 Bramley apples, peeled and chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish, add the onions and cook on a medium heat for 8-10 mins, then add the star anise and cinnamon stick.

  2. Pour in the wine and let it simmer until slightly reduced. Add the cabbage, sugar and apples, and stir well. Season well, cover and simmer on a low heat for 3 hrs, stirring every now and again.

  3. Once the cabbage is tender, check the seasoning. Serve in a bowl with the star anise and cinnamon stick on top. Can be made 1-2 days in advance or frozen for up to 4 months – simply reheat on the hob before serving.

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