Warm Balsamic Pickled Cabbage and Apple

This recipe is from Jamie Olivers Cracking Christmas Recipes 2014. You can see his original recipe here.

This would make an amazing side with your Christmas roast. Loaded with flavour and zing, it would go with any meat or without the bacon would even be the perfect vegetarian meal accompaniment.

We had this gorgeous dish with a picnic of homemade Karaage Chicken and vegetables. It would even be amazing to take to a BBQ.



Dash of Olive oil
2 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, bashed
1 onion, peeled and sliced
2 good eating apples, peeled and chopped into 2.5cm pieces
1 red cabbage, outer leaves and core removed, chopped into irregular chunks
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
150 ml balsamic vinegar


Step 1: Pour a dash of olive oil into a saucepan, get it hot and add the bacon and fennel seeds.pickledcabbage2


Step 2: Cook until golden then add the onion and continue to cook, with the lid on, for a few more minutes until golden and sticky.pickledcabbage4


Step 3: Add the apple, followed by the cabbage chunks, salt and pepper and the vinegar, and stir everything together well.pickledcabbage3


Step 4: Put the lid back on and continue to cook on a low heat for an hour, checking and stirring every so often.pickledcabbage6


Step 5: You will end up with a gorgeously sticky-sweet cabbage dish that you’ll want to eat immediately, straight out of the pan!

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