Friday, September 18, 2015

Coleslaw Dressing

If you're in the south you know you'll be served Coleslaw as a side dish, it goes with everything.   And I do mean everything.  

From a side for Pulled Pork to a side for fried fish to a topping on a hot dog, southerners serve it everywhere.   

I basically made this up one day, I was in the mood for 'slaw, had a cabbage, carrots and an apple but no dressing.  So I started throwing a few ingredients together, and tasted it and it was pretty darn good.   Then the next time I made it, it was my contribution to a potluck, and this time the entire bowl disappeared.  Well, the contents of the bowl disappeared, so I figured I was onto something.   Especially when requests were made for the recipe.

I cheat sometimes, I'll buy a bag of the prepared slaw at the grocery store, but then I add a couple more things to it.   I like a couple of finely grated carrots, as well as a grated apple or two, preferably a tart apple.

I used to make this when I cooked at the Senior Center and it was always well received.  Sometimes I added more carrots, sometimes more apples.  It was all good.   I even added canned Pineapple from time to time.

Coleslaw dressing.

8 oz.  (approximately) Miracle Whip
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1-2 tsp. brown sugar
1-2 tsp. celery seed
1-2 tbsp. sweet pickle relish
Whisk all together, and taste.   If you need a little more tart, add in a little more vinegar, more sweet, add sugar.  This is all to your taste.   Remember, you're the one making it. 
Personally I love celery seed so I use a lot.

Pour over a head of shredded cabbage, a couple of shredded carrots and a shredded apple.   Serve immediately for maximum crunch.   Slaw will soften when it's been sitting.  
And if you're in the mood for something a little more, try adding a can of crushed pineapple, juice and all. It makes for a slightly different taste, but boy is it good.

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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