My mother’s coleslaw recipe. I could eat it twice a day at least four days a week. Crunchy, creamy and the perfect accompaniment for anything. I’ve never seen another recipe for coleslaw this simple – and no vinegar. I don’t consider myself a picky eater by any means – just please, please, please don’t give me coleslaw with vinegar in it. Who wants vinegar when we can have sweet and creamy, I say!
I’m sure Mom’s recipe started out with one medium head of cabbage, sliced very thin to make approximately four cups. You can do that. You can also shred cabbage very nicely with the food processor. I prefer packaged shredded cabbage – at least until garden season with our own fresh cabbage. Mom was also a flexible cook (where do you think I got that???) so she would adapt. Slightly bigger head of cabbage? Add a tablespoon more mayonnaise and/or milk because creaminess is important to this dish. The creaminess also develops a bit as the slaw matures a couple of hours in the refrigerator before serving. (Although I have stirred it together and set it on the table as the diners were coming in the door.)
This is one of those basic recipes. Know the proportions and you can do just about anything with it. Dress it up with a quarter cup of diced apple and/or shredded carrots with an additional bit of mayonnaise. Other and/ or options are quarter cup of drained crushed pineapple and/or golden raisins. Or you can go the other way and add a quarter cup of diced onion and half a teaspoon of celery seed and sprinkle with black pepper.
Sweet and simple as written makes it a perfect accompaniment because it lets the flavor of the main dish shine. Serve it with any chicken dish. Cabbage is a traditional side with pork, like Wicked Good and Easy Pork Chops or Pork Roast with sweet potatoes and fried apples. It is picnic worthy to accompany grilled meats, including hamburgers, sausage and hot dogs. Tonight I served it with a savory roast beef and mashed potatoes. Love the light flavor and the crunchiness!
This recipe featured at Taste This Thursday.
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