Braised Red Cabbage with Red Zinfandel
Recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine
This pleasantly sweet side dish yearns to be served with roast pork and potatoes.
see savings2 tablespoonsolive oil
see savings1/2large onion (I like red), thinly sliced
see savings1 1/2 - 1 3/4 poundsred cabbage, thinly sliced (6 to 7 cups)
see savings1 teaspoonground allspice
see savings1/4 teaspoonground nutmeg
see savings3/4 teaspooncoarse salt
see savingsFreshly ground black pepper to taste
see savings1 cupred Zinfandel or other good-quality red wine
see savings1/3 cupred-wine vinegar
see savings1/2 cupfirmly packed dark brown sugar
In a large pan that's deep enough to accommodate the cabbage when raw, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook slowly over medium-low heat until the onion is golden brown (it's okay if the edges start to crisp), 15 to 20 minutes. Add the cabbage and saute, tossing with tongs, until it has collapsed slightly and is no longer stiff, about 2 minutes.
Raise the heat to high and add the allspice, nutmeg, and salt. Add pepper generously to taste (about 20 grinds) and stir to coat the cabbage with the spices. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook until the cabbage is almost tender and the wine is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Raise the heat to medium and add the vinegar, stirring to deglaze the pan. Add the brown sugar, stir, and cover again, reducing the heat to medium low. Continue to braise until the liquid is absorbed and the cabbage is very tender, about 30 minutes more. If the cabbage is done but there's still liquid in the pan, raise the heat to medium high and cook, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced to a glaze. Toss to coat and transfer to a serving dish.
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