Humble cabbage is an affordable and easy holiday side. Make it more elegant by braising red cabbage with apple slices. Adding bacon makes it delicious.
4 thick bacon slices, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 celery hearts, thinly sliced, leaves reserved
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons fennel seeds (optional)
1/2 cup white wine
1 head red cabbage (about 2 lb.), thinly sliced
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup unfiltered apple cider
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
1 tart apple, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat 4 minutes on each side or until crisp; remove bacon from pan, and drain. Reserve 3 Tbsp. drippings in pan.
Increase heat to medium-high. Add celery, onion, and, if desired, fennel seeds; sauté 6 minutes. Add wine, and cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in cabbage and next 5 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 45 minutes or to desired tenderness. Stir in vinegar. Top with celery leaves and bacon.