Friday, April 29, 2011

Let's Talk Slaw

Just like banana bread and brownies, cole slaw can be made a million different ways.  This post is about my slaw and your slaw.  I have perused some blogs looking for slaw recipes and made some links if you'd like to check them out. If you would like to add your way of slaw to the list, let me know and I will add it on.

The idea for this post came to my while we were visiting our relatives in Tennessee.  My sister-in-law's father and his wife loved my Mom's slaw.  My Mom gets compliments on her slaw where ever she takes it.  I make the same slaw and also receive compliments on it.  SO I thought I would share it with you.  So when I write down what we do, you will say whats the big deal- so simplistic.  Yes it is but I think it is the technique rather than what we add that makes the slaw so palatable.  Not to mention it has a bit more staying power than other slaw's. 

Simple Stellar Slaw

1 head of cabbage
1 small onion
1 cup or so of mayonnaise (the best you can buy)
lots 'o' salt

Shred the cabbage your preferred way, either on a knuckle grater or in a processor.  I do the processor but some people swear by their knuckle busters.  Now here is the important part, put in in a colander and salt it heavily.  When I say heavily, I mean watch the salt pour out of the shaker like nobody's business.  And don't fret because you will have the chance to wash it all away later.  Let it sit for an hour if you can, no shorter than 15 minutes.  The salt is going to pull the water right out of the cabbage.  After the desired length of time, rinse ( I will be honest here, sometimes I don't rinse), take a handful and squeeze the cabbage.  Put the dried handful of cabbage in the bowl you are going to mix in.  After all off the cabbage/onion mixture is squeezed add in your desired ingredients.  In my case that would be only the mayo (Hellman's to be exact- I am not paid to say that). Serve and enjoy.  The next day your slaw will not be runny as all of the water has been squeezed out of it.

Other Stellar Slaw's
And may I say if you do my technique it might amp up some of these slaw's if they don't already advise it.

Blue Cheese Coleslaw, The Perfect Pantry
Celeriac Coleslaw, Stephen Cooks
Coleslaw, Simply Recipes
Coleslaw with cilantro and jalapenos, Homesick Texan
Colesalw with Cream Buttermilk Dressing, One Perfect Bite
Columbian Coleslaw, My Columbian Recipes
Copy Cat KFC Coleslaw Recipe, Amanda's Cookin'
Fennel Coleslaw, A Good Appetite
Japanese Slaw with Daikon Radish, Yours Truly
Killer Coleslaw, Stephen Cooks
Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw with Creamy Coleslaw Dressing, A Veggie Venture
Lemon Coleslaw, One Perfect Bite
Lemon Poppy Seed Cabbage Salad, Yours Truly
Lime and Peanut Coleslaw, 101 Cookbooks
Not Your Mama's Cole Slaw, Smitten Kitchen

Radish Cranberry Coleslaw, Dianasaur Dishes

Seedy Tahini Vegan Coleslaw, Healthy Happy Life
Sesame Orange Coleslaw, Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Snappy Crunchy Cole Slaw (No Mayo),  Gluten Free Goddess
Spicy Asian Coleslaw, Yours Truly
Tamarind Cole Slaw, He Cooks, She Cooks
Toasted Walnut Coleslaw, Eliza Domestica
Vegan Coleslaw with Peanut Dressing, Gluten Free Goddess
Warm Winter Coleslaw with Chili Lime Dressing, Gluten Free Goddess


Tracy said...

I love a good slaw. I've used that salting technique for cucumbers with sour cream, but not for slaw. I'll have to try that.

Joanne said...

I love how simple this slaw is! Sometimes you don't need to gussy up a classic!

Mary said...

Thank you so much for including me in your list. I really do appreciate the shout out. You recipe sounds terrific as well. I'm off to check some of the other recipes. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

kat said...

Thanks for including our fennel slaw, its a summer favorite around here. Though my all time fav is still my mom's classic with lots of pepper, she took it to every potluck & the dish always went home empty