Thursday, 16 August 2012 - , , , , , , 2 comments

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING : Sweet & Savoury Red Cabbage

This gorgeous side dish is a wonderful zero propointed accompaniment to meat dishes. It can be served hot or cold. It has a rich, deep, tangy flavour and a sweetness to compliment roasted or grilled dishes.
My recipe has a secret ingredient....

....A can of diet coke!
I bought this Coca Cola Zero and nobody liked it, so I had to think of a way of using it up! This may sound strange, but the addition of the coke along with savoury seasonings, gives this dish its sweet richness as it evaporates down when cooked.


You will need:

2 red onions
1/2 a medium red cabbage
3 tablespoons low salt soy sauce
1 can Diet Coke/Coca Cola Zero/Diet Pepsi
(any diet version of a cola drink will do)
Black pepper
Fresh basil


Slice the onions and fry in some Frylight Sunflower oil until starting to soften.

Add the red cabbage and the whole can of diet coke. Allow to bubble and boil until the cabbage is cooked and soft and the liquid had reduced down quite significantly. This takes 40 minutes to an hour. Keep stirring, don't allow it to boil dry.

Add the low salt soy sauce and black pepper. Chop the basil and add to the dish.

When cooked and ready to serve, the red cabbage takes on a deep dark colouring and a caramelized texture. It has a rich and delicious flavour almost like a sweet chutney.


A sumptuously surprising little side dish.



mattsgran 24 January 2013 at 20:11

Is there an alternative way to sweeten the cabbage besides a diet product that contains aspartame. I would love to make this but have to stay away from aspartame.

Janey 25 January 2013 at 14:30

Hi-I would try something like apple juice. This will affect the pp/lcal, you will have to add the appropriate ones on. x

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