Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Coleslaw

A good coleslaw is hard to beat, and all too often we take short cuts that leave us with something less that wonderful. A basic slaw is just cabbage, mayonnaise and a few seasonings. Other, more complicated recipes, abound as well, so finding one that is really good can be problematic. 

There is a long list of ingredients that can be added to a slaw; green bell peppers, hot peppers, garlic, celery, cucumbers, and many other things, but the dressing is just as important. Homemade mayonnaise is a great choice, but there are those who think a cream based dressing is best. Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

BASIC COLESLAW

1 shredded head of cabbage

1 shredded carrot

2 cups purple cabbage shredded

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

2-3 pinches salt

Just a dab of mustard

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup heavy cream

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toss a few pinches of salt in the shredded cabbages and carrot and let it wilt. After 20 minutes or so, squeeze the moisture out and set aside. Combine the vinegar, sugar and salt and bring to a slow simmer for just a minute or two. Add the mustard and oil and whisk to incorporate. Combine the dressing and the slaw, now add the cream and mix well. Refrigerate before serving. 

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