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What to Serve with Braised Red Cabbage? 8 Side Dishes

Let’s be real, we all need ideas to jazz up our braised red cabbage. We’ve got you covered with eight seriously good side dishes.

Braised red cabbage is fab, but what’s next to it can make or break the meal. Want something tasty? These pairings are all winners.

The first time we tried braised red cabbage, it was pure magic. The side dishes? Not so much. We’ve tried ’em all, and these are the absolute best.

Get ready to mix things up. And get hungry. If you weren’t already obsessed with red cabbage, you will be now./im

Top 8 Side Dishes for Braised Red Cabbage

Here are our top picks for side dishes to serve with braised red cabbage:

Side DishIngredientsFlavorDifficultyTime
Roasted PotatoesPotatoes, olive oil, herbsSavory, crispyEasy45 mins
Buttered Egg NoodlesEgg noodles, butter, parsleyButtery, comfortingEasy15 mins
Mashed PotatoesPotatoes, milk, butterCreamy, richModerate30 mins
Sautéed ApplesApples, butter, cinnamonSweet, tartEasy20 mins
Crusty BreadFlour, yeast, water, saltWarm, crustyModerate2 hrs
Sour Cream Mashed PotatoesPotatoes, sour cream, butterTangy, creamyModerate40 mins
Herb Roasted CarrotsCarrots, olive oil, herbsSavory, earthyEasy35 mins
Garlic Parmesan Mashed CauliflowerCauliflower, garlic, ParmesanGarlicky, cheesyModerate30 mins

1 – Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are a classic. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. We love them golden brown. The simple seasoning makes them tasty.

Perfect with braised red cabbage for a hearty meal. Our family always makes extra because they’re gone in minutes. Roasted potatoes are a must for any dinner table. They’re simply irresistible.

2 – Buttered Egg Noodles

Egg noodles, man, where do we start? They’re buttery, they’re soft, and they get a little crispy on the edges. We’re talking melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. These noodles balance the tangy cabbage perfectly.

We’ve tried them with every meal possible. Trust us, they shine. Add a bit of salt, and it’s magic. This is a true comfort food.

3 – Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? They’re creamy, buttery, and smooth with a velvety texture. The perfect comfort food. The fluffy consistency pairs beautifully with the tangy braised red cabbage.

These spuds aren’t just tasty; they’re versatile. A pinch of garlic or a sprinkle of chives? Game changer. We devour them every time.

4 – Sautéed Apples

Apples and cabbage? Yes, please. The sweet and tart from the apples balance the cabbage’s acidity. Trust us, it’s a tasty combination.

We’ve all had that moment: biting into warm, buttery apple slices. They are slightly caramelized, soft but with a slight bite. Add these to your meal, and thank us later.

5 – Crusty Bread

Oh, crusty bread, how we love thee. The crunch of the outer crust and the delightful chewiness inside are perfection.

Slather some butter on it, and it becomes irresistible. The plain bread amplifies the bold flavors of the braised red cabbage.

It’s ideal for sopping up all those luscious juices too.

6 – Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Sour cream mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food. The creaminess from the sour cream adds a tangy twist you might not expect.

We love the contrast between the smooth potatoes and the thick, rich sour cream.

Plus, the garlic flavor infused throughout just makes it sing. Our family can’t get enough of them. Try it, you’ll see.

7 – Herb Roasted Carrots

Carrots with zest. Herb roasted carrots are tender, slightly sweet, and packed with flavor. We get a hint of thyme and rosemary in every bite. These carrots bring out the best in the braised red cabbage.

We love the crunch outside with a soft center. They are perfect for a balanced meal.

8 – Garlic Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

So, you think mashed potatoes are the king? Think again.

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower is a delightful twist. Lighter and healthier, with bold garlic flavor and a cheesy kick.

Creamy and smooth, yet packed with nutrients. Perfect side for when we want to eat smart but still eat well.

Roasted garlic gives it depth. Parmesan cheese? Adds richness.