Not Pretty but Tasty Crockpot Cabbage and Apples

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | March 17th, 2021 | Recipes, Side Dishes

It’s March in Florida, and I am getting ready to celebrate my first St. Patrick’s Day here. Since we’re new here and still live in the world of Covid, it will be just the two of us at home for the traditional meal of corned beef. I’ve been debating whether to make all the other items: potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. I’ve considered replacing all three with this simple crockpot recipe. Of course, no matter how many I serve, there will be a loaf of My Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread. It wouldn’t feel like the holiday without it.

From the wayback time machine

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in October 2016, keep reading.

It’s fall in New Hampshire, which means that I have apples at my disposal. We are surrounded by numerous apple orchards, so anytime I want to cook, bake, or just eat an apple, it’s only a few minute drive to pick up a peck or so. Although I love to bake, with only two of us at home, we don’t need or eat many sweets and baked goods. So, this year more than others I’m thinking of ways to cook with apples that don’t involve baking.

As I’ve been working on different menus, I realized that I never have shared my recipe for cabbage and apples. I decided I would incorporate the dish into a Sunday afternoon of cooking when I had a brainstorm. I was going to make a German dinner of schnitzel, spaetzle, gravy, and cabbage and apples. All of those dishes require last minute stovetop work. While possible, why not make the stove a little less hectic and cook the cabbage and apples in the crockpot?

The answer is. . .

Much to my delight, this was a successful dish. Apples, cabbage, and other ingredients are placed in the crockpot, leaving more space on the stove and a little more sanity for the cook. The only caveat is that this would not be a good all-day crockpot recipe. Four hours of cooking was perfect. Eight hours would probably result in mush. The other item to keep in mind, as you may have noted in the title, is this is not a pretty dish. Just close your eyes and relish all of the flavor that this bland-looking dish provides.

Whether you’re making a stove-centic meal or not, this crockpot version of cabbage and apples is a great option for cooking. Less last minute pressure before you serve your meal is always a win.

Crockpot Cabbage and Apples

Michele Pesula Kuegler

These two ingredients were meant to be together

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins

Course Side Dish

Servings 4



  • 1/2 medium cabbage
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar



  • Slice cabbage into thin strips.
  • Core apple and chop into small cubes, about 1/2″. (Leave peel on.)
  • Combine cabbage and apple in crockpot.
  • Add vinegar, water, and sugar; stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.


I used green cabbage for this dish, which made its presentation a little lackluster. Red cabbage would be a fine (and more colorful) option for the dish.

Keyword cabbage and apples
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