Braised Red Cabbage with Chestnuts

Fall 2004

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With slightly tart and sweet accents and aromatic caraway seasoning, braised red cabbage is an excellent foil to the richness of roasted duck. You may omit the chestnuts, if desired.

Braised Red Cabbage with Chestnuts

Makes: 8 servings, 3/4 cup each

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  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 head red cabbage, (about 3 pounds), halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup cooked peeled chestnuts, halved (see Ingredient note)
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until light golden, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage wilts, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, sugar and caraway seeds; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until the cabbage is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in chestnuts, vinegar, salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the chestnuts are hot, 5 to 8 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate cabbage for up to 2 days. Reheat in a casserole with 1/2 cup water, covered, at 350°F for 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Ingredient Note: You can find convenient cooked chestnuts in cans or vacuum-sealed containers at specialty stores or through mail-order; try (Gourmet Food tab),
  • To cook chestnuts: Eight ounces of fresh chestnuts yields about 1 cup peeled and cooked. Using a small knife, score a cross on the flat side of each chestnut. Using a slotted spoon, dip chestnuts, 4 or 5 at a time, into a saucepan of boiling water. Peel away shells and inner brown skins. If chestnuts are difficult to peel, return them to boiling water for a few seconds. Place peeled chestnuts in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Simmer, covered, until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain and refresh with cold water.


Per serving: 117 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 5 g fiber; 230 mg sodium; 510 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat

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