Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Carolina Cole Slaw

Last weekend Joe and I started up with our CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) program again, and we had a great box of produce to pick up on Saturday. I love the challenges I get from having different fruits and vegetables to work with each week, and two ingredients I got to work with this week were cabbage and celery root. I wasn't so sure about the celery root (I don't like celery; turns out celery root tastes pretty much the same), but as part of the cole slaw it did add a nice flavor. I loved that it was light tasting, instead of a mayo-based slaw. Very fresh! I also made sweet potato fries with homemade aioli (which will be a future blog topic), and we had awesome turkey burgers. It almost tasted like summer as we ate, but I think that was just wishful thinking!

Carolina Cole Slaw

From Bon Appetit magazine, March 1996

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons dry (Dijon) mustard
½ celery root, peeled and grated

1 cup grated carrots

1 medium cabbage (about 1 1/4 pounds), thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced (I omitted)

Combine vinegar, sugar, oil, mustard and celery seeds in nonaluminum medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and dressing comes to boil. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Cool completely.

Combine cabbage, onion and green pepper in large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate until cold, tossing occasionally, at least 2 hours. (Can be made
1 day ahead. Cover; keep refrigerated.)


Ally said...

I am a coleslaw lover! Yours looks great!

Sarah said...

I really want to join a CSA. It's such a great resource. Your coleslaw sounds wonderful. I like that it doesn't have any mayo in it. I'm adding it to my list of summer recipes to try!

Nicole said...

Oh I can't wait to hear about your aioli! Looks like a great dinner. Did you do your fries in the oven?

Erin said...

This was the first time I'd made cole slaw- it's not something I have eaten much of in my life. But I did really like it, plus it's so easy!

Sarah- being a part of a CSA has been really fun. I would recommend it, both for great fresh food and to challenge yourself as a cook!

Nicole- I did the fries in the oven (400 degrees for 15 or 20 mins). I just tossed them with olive oil and s & p. Yummy :)

Nicole said...

Sounds good! I will have to try it soon. Sweet potatoes are very healthy. Much better for you than regular potatoes. Funny thing is my sister called yesterday and mentioned doing sweet potatoes the same way just the other night!

needle in the haley harvey oswald said...

so when i make sweet potato fries, erin they are mushy... you must teach me the ways of making them look like that bc those look like restaurant style awesomeness

Tartelette said...

Fuuny, I like celery root but I don't like celery...I know I am weird! The slaw looks wonderful!