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Sweet and sour red cabbage... question about ingredients

i_am_Lois | Nov 23, 201410:25 PM

I'm a lover of sweet and sour dishes. I'd like to make homemade sweet and sour red cabbage. I checked various web sites looking for a recipe (and to read comments and ratings). What I discovered was a vast array of recipes that seemed to only have the red cabbage as a common ingredient. Various recipes included... and many others did not include, these ingredients: cherry preserves, onion, apple, vegetable broth, clove, bay leaf, lemon juice, vinegar, butter, olive oil, flour and wine. Another conflicting issue was the length of time to simmer the cabbage. I saw one recipe state 45 minutes and another instructed 3 hours. I saw mention of every imaginable time in-between too. Can anyone here who's made this dish, help me understand which ingredients are really necessary and which are the ones that have been added by creative cooks?

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