By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Dec 19, 2017 at 3:26 PM Photography:

Want to pull out all the stops this holiday? Some of Milwaukee's most talented chefs have shared their favorite holiday side dish recipes with us. So, throughout the month of December, we'll share their takes on holiday-worthy fare.

Chef Joe Muench of Black Shoe Hospitality says he hated red cabbage as a kid, but it's now one of his favorite side dishes.

"It is something my grandmother, who lived with our family for many years, often made. I hated it as a kid. The smell, look and flavor sent chills up and down my spine. Funny thing is, as a kid, I loved and still love sauerkraut. As the years went on, I was in many situations where red cabbage was served and it wasn't my grandmother's recipe. I found myself interested in trying their versions and surprisingly started liking them.

"As I grew closer to being a chef, I began forming a large craving for red cabbage. Now, it is by far one of my favorite sides, and I could even make it the main dish of a meal – with plenty of beer and buttered bread on the side."

Slow-Cooked Red Cabbage

2 medium heads red cabbage, chopped
2 onions, sliced thinly
4 apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 pound bacon, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups chicken broth
2-3 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
3-4 bay leaves
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper, ground

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and set on low for 6-7 hours. Stir once or twice during that time. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Serve with your favorite roasted, braised or grilled meats.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.