Christmassy Red Cabbage recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 1 hours

In this recipe, red cabbage, port, cinnamon, allspice, vinegar and orange zest combine to create a super Christmassy side dish perfect for serving alongside your roast turkey and crispy potatoes.


  • 1 large red cabbage
  • 150ml red port
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • Dash of red wine vinegar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • Zest of 1 unwaxed orange, plus juice (a bloog orange is great at Christmas)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Finely shred the cabbage, discarding the core. Thinly slice the red onions into half moons.

  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onions. Fry until golden and translucent. Add the cinnamon stick, allspice, orange zest and juice and fry for a minute or two.

  3. Stir in the cabbage, port, vinegar and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 45-60 minutes or until the cabbage is tender.

To serve, make the cabbage extra buttery - stir in a few tablespoons of butter whilst the cabbage is still warm. Recipe serves 6.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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