Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blaukraut & Oktoberfest

My Second Request: Shanna over at Baby Eliza Boutique has been friends with my sister for years.  I remember a family bbq Shanna came to – I guess about eight years ago :) – where my grandma served blaukraut. Shanna remembered the delicious German dish after all these years and a couple weeks back requested the recipe, perfect for Oktoberfest. So here you go Shanna. Prost!

Oma's Blaukraut 
Is it even blue?

1. Quartering the cabbage (See Rasco?). 2. Slicing the apple.
3.  Shredding the cabbage. 4. All done.  

2-3 pounds head of red cabbage
2-3 tablespoons bacon fat or butter (I used the bacon)
1 tablespoon sugars
1 apple peeled, cored and chopped
1 onion minced
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt to taste
1 to 2 cups stock as needed (or water)

Cut cabbage into quarters, wash, remove ragged pieces. Shred cabbage on cutting board. DON'T DO WHAT I DID. CUT THE CABBAGE INTO STRIPS! That's how my Oma does it, but I forgot. It ended up tasting OK, but the texture would have been perfect had I not screwed up this step.

Add apple, onion and sugar to fat. Saute to golden brown.

Add shredded cabbage and toss with fat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and broth. Let braise for 2 hours until cabbage is tender.

Add the bacon you used for fat. Toss and let simmer about five minutes.

Serve. Prost!

It's not easy being purple?  
But Blue and Red make Purple ... 

So blaukraut translates to blue cabbage in German. In America, we call it red cabbage. But, in actuality, the dish is purple.  Just one of life's mysteries.

Another fun German to American cultural discrepancy is that Oktoberfest is not celebrated in Bavaria in October. The festival is enjoyed in late September and actually ends the first weekend of October. The 16 day celebration dates back to the 1810 wedding celebration of Bavarian Prince Ludwig to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.  While the legend is still revered, the reunification of Germany is celebrated on October 3, German Unity Day, and has given the festival new significance.

In honor of Oktoberfest, here is picture of my Bavarian great grandpa in lederhosen. 

1 comment:

  1. This recipe looks yummy. Thank you for sharing more about Oktoberfest. I honestly knew little about it other than the beer... Anywho. That photograph of your great grandfather is fantastic! What a special memory to have.


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