Braised Red Cabbage with Chestnuts

Sweet and sour red cabbage, cooked with bacon, apples, onions, and roasted chestnuts. Great holiday side!
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 2 strips thick-cut bacon (about 3 ounces) cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red cabbage head, about 2 pounds, quartered, tough core removed, quarters sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 large green tart apple
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces canned or jarred roasted chestnuts (NOT water chestnuts), roughly chopped

Optional:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 hinly sliced green onions or chives
Directions
  • Cook the bacon: Cook the bacon batons slowly in a large sauté pan (with cover) on medium low heat until most of the fat has rendered out, and the bacon is lightly browned, not crisp.
  • Add onions: Add the sliced onions, increase the heat of the pan to medium high and cook, stirring often, until the onions have softened and lightly browned.
  • Add cabbage, apples, vinegars, sugar: While the onions are cooking, peel the apple and cut it into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Once the onions are ready, add the sliced cabbage, chopped apple, cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and sugar. Carefully toss to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan, lower the heat, and simmer until the cabbage is cooked through and soft, about 40 minutes.
  • Add chestnuts: Uncover the pan. Add the chopped roasted chestnuts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Increase the heat to boil off excess moisture for a few minutes. Serve hot.

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