Friday, June 24, 2011

Cole Slaw 101

Summer has finally arrived and along with that comes cook-outs, pool parties and picnics.   A staple picnic/cookout food is cole slaw.  Who can resist that crunchy, tangy, creamy concoction?

Some people think that cole slaw is hard to make, but nothing could be simpler.   All you need is a head of cabbage (purple cabbage will be fine too), a couple of carrots and dressing (see recipe below).

Some people like their cole slaw chopped really fined, similar to the KFC slaw consistency.   If that is you, use a regular box grater like the one pictured below.  Grate your cabbage and carrots on the side that gives you the desired consistency.   Watch your fingers!  Grating goes quickly and nobody likes to fine part of your knuckles in their dinner plate!

If you like your slaw in bigger pieces just use a really sharp knife.  Pull the outer leaves off the cabbage and then quarter your cabbage.   Cut the core out of all four quarters and then use your REALLY sharp knife to slice the cabbage to the size you like best.    Ditto about watching the fingers.

Then add this yummy dressing, mix and chill. 

Cole Slaw Dressing:

1 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of sugar
3 Tablespoons of vinegar

Mix well until sugar is dissolved.   Pour over grated cabbage and carrots.  Stir well to coat evenly.   Add a few shakes of celery seed for garnish if desired.


See how easy that is?   Enjoy!

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