Have you started planning out your Christmas meal yet? Turkey ordered? Tasks assigned? I’m in charge of cooking the main meal this year and will be catering for 12 so I have pretty much got everything set, just need to actually order the Turkey! I asked my sister to bring over the Marks and Spencer catalogue to Italy so I could drool over all the food and also start planning! However, looking at their sides, I actually have decided to make them myself rather than buying them ready made – there’s just something about adding your own touch to them!
Fortunately, my Christmas lunch with my friends was a great test run for these side dishes, both for flavour and timings! The first I am going to share with you is braised cabbage! What’s great with this is it can be made in advance and then heated up on the day – which I highly recommend doing this on Christmas Eve as it needs a fair amount of time in the oven. It also freezes really well, so, if like me, you make way too much, you can pop it into a freeze-proof container and save it for a rainy day.
Serves: 10-12 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
1 Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
2 Bramley Apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 Red Onions, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp Dried Cranberries
3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Muscovado Sugar, (or any brown sugar)
1 Tsp Ground Mix Spice
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper
Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C Fan.
Add all the ingredients into a deep roasting tray and use your hands to ensure everything is well coated and combined.
Cover with foil and place in the oven for around 2 hours, stirring every 30-45 minutes until the apple has dissolved and the cabbage is soft.
Check the seasoning and adjust accordingly if needed.
Serve immediately, or leave to cool and store in an air tight container until you’re ready to reheat. I would recommend serving warm – you can put it back into an oven proof dish and place in the oven for 30 minutes to reheat or simply use the microwave.
If you’re freezing, ensure the cabbage as cooled completely before storing in a freeze-proof container. Allow to defrost completely before reheating and serving.