One recipe using purple cabbage is Cooking Channel's fried purple cabbage. The recipe, created by Kellis Rogers and featured on "Saucy & Sweet," calls for purple cabbage, balsamic vinegar, yellow onion and butter.
To prepare fried purple cabbage, add one and a half sticks of unsalted butter to a cast-iron pan or skillet. Dice one large yellow onion, and add it to the pan along with 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté the onion mixture for five minutes or until the onions become soft and translucent. Shred 1/2 head of purple cabbage, adding it to the onions and sautéing it for an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until the cabbage begins to brown and turn soft. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
This easy-level recipe requires around 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cooking time, and it makes approximately eight servings. The finished dish is ideal as a colorful holiday side dish or garnish. For a slight variation, add some mustard seed, or replace the balsamic vinegar with apple cider vinegar. The use of vinegar in the recipe helps the cabbage retain its rich purple color. When choosing a cabbage, look for a heavy specimen with bright, crisp leaves.