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Norwegian Christmas Cabbage

"Norwegian Christmas Cabbage is essentially a kind of sweet and sour sauerkraut, spiced with caraway seeds."
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1 h servings 206 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Lay two slices of bacon across the bottom of a large pot. Cover with a layer of cabbage. Sprinkle a light dusting of flour and a pinch of caraway seed. Season with a little salt and pepper. Repeat layering as many times as possible until you run out of room.
  2. Fill the pot with enough water to come about 3/4 up the side. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 45 minutes, or until the cabbage is soft, stirring occasionally. Let cool slightly, then stir in the vinegar and sugar. Use your own judgment. Add sugar carefully to taste. The idea is to strike a balance between the sweet and the sour, and therein lies the trick.


  • Hints
  • Use a head of cabbage that has been in your refrigerator a while; try not to use a new cabbage. Why? The old one seems to hold up better in the cooking. Age has its rewards.
  • A tasty sausage, sliced, or smoked pork hock can also substitute for the bacon, but there ought to be some flavor and fat in it. I sometimes add a couple of bouillon cubes too.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 206 calories; 5.6 g fat; 33.4 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 14 mg cholesterol; 387 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I took ideas from a few of the previous reviews to make this cabbage and it was delicious! I used bacon pieces instead of strips, apple cider vinegar and Splenda instead of sugar (Splenda is so...

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It was ok until I started doing the vinegar and sugar. I started with a little of each at a time and it just got worse and worse. I guess this just is not a flavor I like. I would recommend c...

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I took ideas from a few of the previous reviews to make this cabbage and it was delicious! I used bacon pieces instead of strips, apple cider vinegar and Splenda instead of sugar (Splenda is so...

I have searched for this recipe for years, finding similar but not exactly the flavor or sauce consistency, until now! Excellent as given or without the bacon which is how I made it today to se...

This is a great cabbage recipe. Since my husband and I are on Weight Watchers, I leave out the bacon and use Splenda instead of the sugar. That cuts the calories, therefore the "Points" and it...

Always looking for good recipes for cabbage. Only change, cut up the bacon into bite size pieces. Love the combination of ingredients and easy to make.

I don't want it to be quite so much like sauerkraut, so rather then shredding the cabbage, I cut it up into larger pieces (bite size or larger).

This tastes alot like a cabbage dish my Hungarian grandparents make, however theirs has a orangey-red colouring. Perhaps they add paprika to it? I did make one mistake by using salt instead of t...

Before she died, I tried to get my Norwegian grandma to give me her cabbage recipe, but it was just "a little of this, a little of that" and I never felt confident enough to try. I've made this...

This was so good with our ham. I used less sugar but otherwise followed the directions as written and it was perfect!

I enjoyed this cabbage very much. The sugar-vinegar mixture is a bit tricky to get just right, but once you do,it is delicious!