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Danish Christmas Red Cabbage Recipe
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Danish Christmas Red Cabbage

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"In Denmark it is traditional to serve a cooked pickled red cabbage for the Christmas Eve dinner. This is my mother's, and it is so easy to make and will be a great sidedish to any roast duck, turkey or goose. When reheating, I like to add a tablespoon of black currant jam to enhance the flavor."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Place the cabbage in a large saucepan, and stir in the sugar, vinegar, salt and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium heat for 1 hour. This can be served immediately, or chilled and reheated later in smaller portions.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 01, 2005

My German mother makes this red cabbage. It has a wonderful sweet/sour flavor. She adds just a tiny dab of bacon drippings to it before serving and it is one of my absolute favorite side dishes!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 20, 2006

i have read the other reviews and as i am also danish i would suggest using 1 jar of red current jelly instead of the sugar,1/2 cup vinigar only a little water and simmer for about 2 hours stirring every so often, this is the way my mother made it for the last 50 years and it always turns out, it freezes really well as well, so you can make a double batch and take it out when needed.


56 Ratings

Mar 10, 2005

This was a really good recipe for red cabbage. I cut the ingedients in half. Quick and easy to make. Kept a bright red color. A real winner.

Aug 11, 2010

This recipe was just wonderful. I made it exactly as written and thought it just a bit too sour. I did reduce the vinegar and sugar just a bit. It is wonderful along side of the Sweet and Sour Pork Patties recipe. I served the Sweet and Sour Pork Patties, Danish Christmas Red Cabbage and mashed potatoes for a after Christmas dinner. It was a huge hit. Also, this recipe cans very easily. I pack mine hot into clean pint jars leaving about 1/4 inch head space (make sure to put in lots of liquid, too) I process them in a hot water bath for about 12 mins. Remove jars and let them sit until you hear the lids pop. Last over a year this way.

Nov 22, 2005

I just made this for T-giving and test tasted it... Mmmmmm very good! I was surprised by the amt of sugar called for, so I substituted Equal's Sugar Lite for 1/2 c. and then 1 1/2 c. sugar. That seemed to be fine. I also ran out of white vinegar & ended up using red wine vinegar for 1 1/2 cups of the vinegar called for. That worked great too! I diced up one apple and added that while cooking. This recipe is a keeper!

Dec 27, 2005

This was excellent! We didnt change a thing, and the whole family ate it all, even the kids. This is definetly a keeper!

Jan 12, 2006

I shredded this cabbage lenghtwise and fine, and found it to be too sweet. Also, I found when dishing it out into a serving bowl, the vinegar took my breath away. I will make it again, but will significantly reduce the amount of sugar.

Feb 04, 2011

My husband and I just enjoyed this recipe soooo much, didn't change a thing! I will be making this again, what a treat. Just wondering when it says to shred the cabbage, like coleslaw? I just cut it up in thin slices, would appreciate hearing from others as to what you do.


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 402 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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