This month I am featuring a holiday brunch recipe. It is Virginia’s Sausage-Apple Ring. What I love about this recipe are the sweet and savory flavors. The savory comes from the sausage while the sweetness comes from the apricot jam. Virginia is a family friend who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. She made this sausage ring for many years on Christmas day for brunch and it was fantastic. What a delicious tradition!
On Christmas day, I almost always serve a German dinner. This year is no different. It will be wiener schnitzel, spätzle, red cabbage, and a black forest cherry cake. You can find these recipes in my December 2019 Newsletter. The only one I won’t make from scratch is the red cabbage. I buy the jars online or in stores that have international foods, like ALDI or Whole Foods. My footer photo shows one of the brands that I like.
I believe we understand the health benefits of cabbage, especially because it’s rich in fiber. I also appreciate how great sauerkraut is for your digestive system. However, I have wondered if the same is true of red cabbage as it tastes so sweet. It turns out that it is equally good for you, and the sweetness comes from adding apple to this beautiful vegetable dish. We benefit from eating red cabbage as it strengthens our bones, lowers inflammation, reduces the risk of cancer, and improves our heart health. Nonetheless, the holidays are upon us so I plan to also enjoy delectable treats like Christmas cookies that are tasty and don’t always have to be healthy.
Dave and I wish you Happy Holidays from our table to yours!
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