side dishes

Sidedish: Red cabbage with apple and chestnuts

Easy paleo red cabbage |

Growing up I remember that my mum used to make cabbage quite often. Remember she was never a kitchen princess and in general her dishes lacked – well – a lot really. So one of my favorites at the time was red cabbage with blood sausage. Funny enough I never realized what it was actually made of. It never occurred to me that it was – in fact – made from blood. I’m pretty sure I would have refused to eat it, had I known! Not that it would have been hard to guess with a name that has “blood” in it, but it was just one of those things I didn’t think about.

Easy red cabbage with apple and chestnuts |

So I liked it. A lot. It seems to have lost it’s appeal to a lot of people in the Netherlands as it is a bit harder to find these days. Not that I’ve actually tried. I forgot all about blood sausage until Esmee and I made this red cabbage with apple and chestnuts. Delicious as a sidedish to – for instance – turkey or a good sausage (blood or otherwise). It’s also a very affordable dish so if you’re living on a budget one single cabbage will feed a family of four.

I added apple and chestnuts here but you can opt to go for the apple only as that is traditional, but I like to add chestnuts as the flavors work really well together.


Sidedish: Red cabbage with apple and chestnuts

Easy paleo red cabbage |
  • Author: thepaleogirl
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Cooking


  • 1 red cabbage
  • butter or ghee
  • 250 gr of chestnuts (cooked)
  • 2-3 apples
  • 4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp of honey (optional)
  • pepper
  • salt


  1. Slice the cabbage finely or let a machine do the work for you. Cut the chestnuts into smaller pieces, peel the apples and cut them into pieces.
  2. Take a big pan and melt a good size chunk of butter. Add the cabbage and fry for a bit while stirring to make sure all cabbage has a layer of butter around it. Once done add a very small amount of water into the pan. It doesn’t need a lot as the cabbage will release moisture as well.
  3. Let the cabbage cook till done to your liking. 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the cabbage. Add apples and chestnuts, combined with the balsamic, lemon and honey. Let it all cook together for a bit before tasting and adding pepper and salt to your liking.


You can add the apples sooner, depending on your preference. I like mine to have a bite so I add them late, but if you like yours softer, add them right at the beginning of the cooking process.

Keywords: red cabbage, cabbage, apples, chestnuts

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    December 3, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Scrumptious and wonderfully wintery! I love cabbage and especially red cabbage. A delicious side dish.



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