Comforting old world sweet and sour cabbage soup made with beef short ribs, cabbage, red wine vinegar, brown sugar and allspice.
Keyword cabbage soup, sweet and sour cabbage, sweet and sour soup
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 1hour30minutes
Total Time 1hour45minutes
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird
2lbsbeef short ribs
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
1large yellow onion, thinly sliced
½headgreen cabbage, thinly sliced
2(14½-oz) cansstewed tomatoes, broken up by hand~ or in a blender
¼cupred wine vinegar
¼tspground allspice~ original recipe calls for ½ tsp, season to your taste
In large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Brown ribs on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove to plate, keeping all fat in pot, and set aside. To pot, add sliced onion, sprinkle with a little salt, and stir and cook until translucent, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 4 minutes. Pour out/drain fat.
Return browned short ribs to pot and add water, cabbage and allspice berries. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any foam that surfaces to the top.
Add broken up stewed tomatoes, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, pepper, and ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground allspice (to taste). Season with a little salt and pepper. Bring back to boil, then lower and simmer until meat has pulled at least ½-inch from the bone, about 30 more minutes. Skim as much surface fat as you can.
Remove beef short ribs to cutting board. Cut meat off bone and into bite-sized pieces, trimming any fat. Return beef to soup pot.
Taste soup and adjust for salt and pepper. If broth is too weak, continue simmering until flavors are more concentrated. Let cool and then refrigerate overnight. Remove any hardened fat from surface. Reheat and serve.
I love to serve this with a crusty bread to soak up every last drop.