Braised Radicchio and Red Cabbage

Growing up we always had some sort of braised red cabbage during the Jewish holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah — a sweet and sour jumble that I remember being very skeptical of, but then really falling for.  And now it’s pretty much the first thing I reach for, and I don’t pass up a second helping.

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Braised Cabbage and Radicchio Side Dish for Rosh Hashanah

For this cabbage dish I decided to fall head first down the notion of red, adding radicchio and red onions.  The stovetop braising softens the bitterness of the lettuce and the sharpness of the onion, but they do contribute wonderful layers of flavor to the dish.  A little sweetness coming from the honey and the orange juice, a bit of tartness from the lemon, and a bit of both from the balsamic vinegar.

Spicy Braised Radicchio and Red Cabbage with Citrus: A gorgeous side dish & great companion to a roast meat. Perfect for Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah.

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Perfect Side Dish for Roast Meat

Seriously, how gorgeous is this dish, and cant you picture it sitting next to a roast of any kind?   This makes a lot, so make sure to use a big pot or Dutch oven.  If you don’t have a big group you can easily cut this recipe in half — it does make a lot.  But I love the leftovers, so I’m always going full batch.

Madeira Substitutes

Madeira wine is a fortified wine often made in Portugal, usually with some sweetness to it.  If you don’t have it you can skip it, or use another fortified wine like Marsala if you have it.  Otherwise you still get the benefits of braising in some wine from the rd wine, and a bit of sweetness from the honey.

Also, even though I call this braised cabbage, it’s technically just simmered since braising usually includes a lid at least some of the time.  But it just feels braised, soft and tender, so….I’m calling it braised, incorrectly.  My grammar also isn’t so hot much of the time.  I rely on other charms, like incorrectly named dishes.

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Spicy Braised Radicchio and Red Cabbage with Citrus

A gorgeous addition to any holiday table – we always had a braised cabbage of some sort for the big Jewish holiday meals.
Yield: 12 People
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian


  • 2 medium heads radicchio
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 red onions halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup Madeira
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Quarter and core the radicchio and cabbage, and very thinly slice both vegetables. Place the radicchio and cabbage in a large bowl. Sprinkle over the orange juice, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar, give a very generous sprinkling with salt, and toss. (This will look like a lot of vegetables, which it is, but keep in mind that it will reduce by almost half when cooked). Set aside, and give the mixture a toss every once in awhile, while you sauté the onions; you can cover the bowl and refrigerate it overnight if you like.
  • Melt the butter in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions and stir occasionally for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Stir in the red wine, Madeira, and honey and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in the radicchio, cabbage, and the citrus juices. Simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to redistribute the vegetables as they wilt, over medium heat. Add the thyme, red pepper flakes, coriander and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 more minutes until the vegetables are wilted and very tender and the liquid has reduced and thickened a bit. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve hot or warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 103.76kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.48g | Protein: 1.42g | Fat: 4.04g | Saturated Fat: 2.46g | Cholesterol: 10.17mg | Sodium: 22.9mg | Potassium: 254.5mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 7.9g | Vitamin A: 947.31IU | Vitamin C: 48.88mg | Calcium: 42.08mg | Iron: 0.81mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. The recipe says to cook the onions in the butter first. But then it says to add the onion after the cabbage and radicchio have simmered for 45 minutes. Which is correct? Thank you.

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