Mulled Red Cabbage


This is a recipe that I have made every Christmas for the last few years, and has become a family favourite. It is quite simple and doesn’t require too much attention (other than ensuring nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan) and therefore is an easy dish for multitasking whilst you focus on the rest of your Christmas dinner. This makes for a great side dish no matter what the rest of your Christmas dinner involves, and is a bit more interesting than just boiled vegetables, which is especially welcome if you are vegetarian or vegan! This recipe will serve 4 as a side.

Mulled Red Cabbage
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, grain free
Serves: 4
  • ½ a red cabbage
  • Juice of ½ an orange
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  1. Shred the cabbage with a knife into long, thin pieces
  2. Place in a deep pan with the water and put on a medium heat
  3. Place a lid on the pan and simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the cabbage begins to soften
  4. Drain out half of the liquid and add the orange juice
  5. Peel, core and dice the apple and add to the cabbage with all of the spices, salt and pepper
  6. Cover again and turn the heat down to low and simmer until the apple is soft and cabbage completely cooked (about a further 15 minutes)
  7. Mix the apple and spices into the cabbage well, drain and serve immediately


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