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How to Make Red Cabbage at Christmas From a Michelin-starred Chef

Red cabbage can be a great Christmas Dinner side dish (Picture: Getty Images)

When it comes to Christmas dinner accompaniments, red cabbage is a firm favourite.

In fact, red cabbage is BBC Food’s most popular Christmas recipe. The seasonal side dish was the most-viewed BBC Food recipe across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 2019 – even beating turkey and roast potatoes.

Perhaps you’re looking to give it a go this year, or are looking for a new variation on the classic? We have just the thing to satisfy your cravings from a Michelin-starred chef.

The best part is that the recipe is incredibly simple, as most of the hard work is done in a simmering saucepan. The only real effort required is shredding some ingredients beforehand.

A traditional festive side (Picture: Getty Images)

Luke Tipping, chef director at Simpsons in Birmingham, has shared his spiced red cabbage, with apples and chestnuts recipe below.


1 red cabbage finely shredded 

1 large onion finely shredded 

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 

2 cardamom pods peeled and crushed 

200ml red wine 

200ml dry cider

50g golden caster sugar 

100ml red wine vinegar 

1 large cooking apple peeled and chopped 

50g sultanas 

100g vacuum packed chestnuts 

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1. Melt butter in a large saucepan and add cinnamon and cardamom pods.

2. Fry for 2 mins over moderate heat, add the sugar and dissolve.

3. Pour in red wine vinegar and red wine bring to a boil.

4. Add onion, red cabbage, apple and sultanas, bring back to the boil.

5. Stir well and cover with a tight fitting lid or foil.

6. Lower the heat and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours  stirring occasionally.

7. Once cooked remove the lid and stir in the chestnuts .

8. Season with salt and black pepper.

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