I’m from Minnesota where people still make authentic, honest German food. The best thing about a brat isn’t a bun, but German Red Cabbage. It’s a sweet & sour knockout of a dish. During my last camping trip I made an authentic cabbage and bratwurst recipe that was devoured not only by the adults but even by the kids.
Some deep, European classics get overlooked frequently. Not only are they tasty, but they’re delicious, satisfying, healthy, and really easy to prepare even at the campsite. You may be thinking, there is no chance your kid would touch cabbage, heck, maybe you aren’t even sure if you would eat cabbage. Maybe you just haven’t had it cooked right. That is about to change.
This really is an easy camping meal to make as most brats come pre cooked and only need to be grilled or cooked over the campfire for a few minutes. The cabbage, is a bit more time consuming. If you want to make it more simple at the campsite, just have everything cut up or pre-measured before you leave for your trip and keep it in the cooler until ready to make.
- 1 Bratwurst link or 8 bratwursts
- ¼ pound of of bacon, cut in chunks
- ½ head of Cabbage, sliced thin
- 1 sweet apple, cut in matchsticks
- ½ yellow onion, cut in matchsticks
- 1 bay leaf
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 cup light bodied red wine
- Cut the bacon in to chunks. Saute in a saucepan until rendered. Not to crispy.
- Shred the cabbage, onion, and apple in to small matchsticks. The best apples are fji, gala or honeycrsip. When the bacon is done, add the cabbage, onion, apple, to the same sauce pan and sprinkle with salt.
- Add a cup of light, red wine, a tablespoon of sugar, and a 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Turn down to low and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes or until soft, tender and delicious. Do not let it boil as it can ruin the cabbage. Once it is soft, just turn the burner off and keep it covered to stay warm.
- The Bratwurst are not going to take long. Cook on medium-high heat, and turn them every couple minutes just to get them warmed up and crispy.