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Sausage with Red Cabbage and Apples

photo: Scott Phillips

Servings: 6

Fully cooked sausages are a great choice for speedy weeknight dinners. Pair them with red cabbage braised in beer plus vinegar, cloves, and red currant jelly for your own mini Oktoberfest.


  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 large Granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup lager-style beer
  • 1/4 cup red currant jelly
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bratwurst, knockwurst, or other cooked sausage of your choice
  • Mustard, for serving (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 580
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 420
  • Fat (g): 47
  • Saturated Fat (g): 17
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 23
  • Cholesterol (mg): 95
  • Sodium (mg): 1030
  • Carbohydrates (g): 29
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Sugar (g): 19
  • Protein (g): 13


  • Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and apple, and cook, tossing occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter, beer, jelly, vinegar, cloves, 1 tsp. salt, and a couple of grinds of pepper. cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and heated through, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve the cabbage with the sausages and some mustard on the side, if you like.


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  • momsstuffing | 11/11/2017

    Delicious! Very easy and great flavor. Served with browned & braised bratwurst and baby potatoes. 1 pot, 1 pan and a yummy dinner.

  • jobspeak | 10/01/2017

    Very good and easy recipe. I used ground allspice instead of clove, but I think either would still give the flavor you want. Grilled the brats (fully cooked Bararian style - Trader Joe's) and served with buttered spaetzle and homemade applesauce. Delicious way to welcome fall!

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    Amy | 09/25/2017

    We thought this was great. I didn't use quite that much oil, and used a different jelly, but all in all a very good Autumn recipe.

  • Judy_Charlottesville | 09/22/2017

    This was fantastic- we pretended we were in Austria/Germany tonight and it was right on. I always like to try a new recipe true as it's written- I did have to use grape jelly as I didn't have current jelly- but I stayed with the recipe as written. It was delicious. We used a german type sausage from Whole Foods- grilled it- and we also served roasted small red potatoes (tossed with olive oil, garlic powder, thyme). We aren't necessarily big eaters, but three of us pretty much polished it off!
    Thanks for a great recipe. It will go into the rotation- really easy to make this any time of the year. And certainly a very easy weeknight dinner. (think you might have non-cabbage eaters?? go for it!)

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