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 Thanks to Susan from Rhubarb and Cod for this scrumptious recipe for Cider-Braised Cabbage: Here’s what she has to say about it.

If there are two things that cabbage loves, it’s bacon and apple cider. And no dish celebrates this storied flavour pairing better than this Cider Braised Cabbage. Loaded with seared caramelized cabbage, crisp bacon, and golden raisins, this scene-stealing side dish is a tangy, salty/sweet symphony.

And if you’re concerned about the raisin content, don’t be. Those babies plump up beautifully thanks to a brief but effective braising process. Oh, and did I mention this recipe essentially takes care of itself? Serve this self-sufficient side alongside any kind of protein and you’ll be golden.

Still got some extra cabbage kicking around? Find two more fresh takes on the same ol’ head of cabbage over on Rhubarb & Cod.

Serves 2 as a main; 4 as a side dish

Cider-Braised Cabbage
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage, cut into four wedges
  • 4 strips of bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups alcoholic cider
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • Fresh dill for sprinkling


  1. In a large cast iron skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the cabbage wedges and brown them on both sides. About 2-3 minutes a side. Transfer the wedges to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. Add the onion and sprinkling of salt to the skillet and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Return the bacon to the skillet and add the golden raisins, cider, vinegar, and mustard powder. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Nestle the cabbage wedges into the skillet and cover. Leave the cabbage to braise for 15 minutes.
  4. Once the 15 minutes is up, transfer the cabbage wedges to a large platter and spoon the bacon, onion and raisins over top. Garnish with fresh dill and serve immediately.

Discover other recipes by Susan for Produce Made Simple in her tab on our Contributors page!

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