I love autumn. I was driving through the country today. The sun was bright, the sky was beautifully blue, and the trees were beautiful. I wanted to pick apples, choose pumpkins, carve jack-o’-lanterns, wear a sweater and jeans (even though it was 75 degrees Fahrenheit), and go to an Oktoberfest. Love the food. German potato salad, cabbage, pork, sausages….
I came home, mouth watering, to a bologna sandwich. Oh well. In a few days, I’ll get cracking on the Oktoberfest goodies. I’ll try to find my favorite recipes and share them with you.
To get started, try this one. It has sausage, onions, apples, and other stuff, but the beautiful reddish purple cabbage is the base for the entire concoction and it’s beautiful, and healthful, color invigorates the one who consumes it. Wow. That sounds profound, almost.
Red cabbage is one of those vegetables whose brilliant color lets you know it’s full of valuable nutrients. Keep a head of it on hand (it keeps a long time) and cook half of it and use the other half shredded in tossed salads if you like.
I don’t remember the source of this recipe. It’s possible that it is a combination of several that I have tried. I generally don’t pay too much attention to the amounts of the seasonings in this. You may not have a jar of juniper berries on hand. It’s really essential in this dish. Spring for it. It will keep in your cupboard for ages.
KNOCKWURST WITH RED CABBAGE
1 T. butter
1/2 c. onion
2 c. red cabbage, finely chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, finely chopped
1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar
1/8 t. ground cloves
1 1/2 T. red wine vinegar
10 juniper berries, optional but delicious
2/3 lb. knockwurst or Polska Kielbasa, left whole with several gashes on one side
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Saute onion in butter until translucent and tender. Add the cabbage and cook three minutes or until just tender.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the sausage. Stir to mix well.
4. Cover, cook ten minutes.
5. Transfer to a gratin or other shallow baking dish. Place the sausage over the cabbage, split side up.
6. Bake for 30 minutes.