Friday, August 5, 2011

Country Cole Slaw

Cole slaw is one of those foods that you either love or hate, in my humble opinion.  Most folks who love it expect to eat it at every BBQ or picnic and on top of pulled pork sandwiches.
  
(that would be me)
Then there are the slaw-haters. Mainly, it's because they don't like cabbage, at all.

 (that would be my husband)

Yes, we are a house divided.

He is from the North.

I am from the South.

The battle lines have been drawn.

Speaking of North and South, do y'all remember that mini-series from the 80's?  My Mom and I couldn't get enough.  I couldn't wait to get home from school for those 2 weeks it was on network television. I would look forward to sitting on the couch with my Mom, eating popcorn, drooling over Orry Main.
Oh, Patrick Swayze. All the girls wanted to dirty dance with you, huh?
 But it was his character, Orry Main, that had my girlie hormones up in a bunch. 
Why, I do declare!
Um, where was I?

Oh yeah, Cole Slaw. 

Shew, can't imagine where my mind went just then. 

Oh Orry...we coulda been good together. 
(pssst, if my husband is reading this, I love you to the moon and back!)

Anyhoo, back to the Cole Slaw. Come on, get your minds outta the gutter and
 help me concentrate.  This recipe is a very simple one, kinda like me.  You can chop the cabbage up real fine if you prefer or just leave it like it is straight outta the bag. It's just a matter of texture.  Me? I'll take it anyway I can get it.
Ingredients:
2 bags (14 oz.) Cole Slaw Mix
1/3 cup white sugar
¼ cup milk
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tbsp.  lemon juice
½ tsp. onion powder (or 2 tbsp. freshly grated onion)
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


 (Awww, look. The milk burped a bubble. How cute!)

Directions:
In a large bowl, dump in both bags of cole slaw mix. In a smaller bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients.   Whisk vigorously until thoroughly combined.
 Pour mixture over coleslaw mix.  
With a spoon, toss cole slaw to combine.
Put cover on bowl and put in the refrigerator to set overnight. This is going to allow the coleslaw mixture to soften just slightly and allow the flavors to blend. Trust me, this makes a big difference! It really gets better over time.  Stir before serving.
 Cook’s Note: This is a recipe for a small crowd. If you don’t need as much, just cut the recipe in half.  Also, this cole slaw goes great on top of pork BBQ sandwiches. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar on hand, regular white vinegar works fine too.  Got some heads of cabbage to use? No problem. Just dice up a head or two of cabbage (about 8 cups) and shred about 2-3 carrots to substitute.

Enjoy!

37 comments :

Mama J said...

My husband and I are fully united in our love of coleslaw! :D

Holly said...

I love me some Coleslaw! This looks so good Bran!

Julie said...

This looks sooo good....my husband would disagree :( Although, I have trained him (maybe forced) to like some things he swore would never pass his lips (rice aka "maggots", sweet tea on occasion, & onions in everything) I don't think I could fool him into eating cole slaw though....

Leslie said...

Great looking recipe--I love coleslaw!! I also love North and South! When my husband and I were engaged, I remember watching the entire series (on video) in just one weekend! Yup, we were total couch potatoes that weekend and it was wonderful...:)

RavieNomNoms said...

Yes maam pass that right along! I didn't start liking coleslaw until I was in my 20s, but I sure do love it now. I have no idea why I didn't like it before...just makes no sense haha

Charissa said...

Looks yummy! So yummy that I buzzed ya! ;)

Gotta love those summer salads!

Eliotseats said...

Girl, do I remember Orry Main? Absolutely! Mini-series, book, I couldn't get enough of this character (or Swayze)! Great post and this sounds exactly like my grandmother's coleslaw.

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage.com said...

I love coleslaw... looks delicious!

purabi naha said...

The country coleslaw looks so tempting and I loved your description on the same. Very good recipe!!

Sandra said...

Ahh Patrick..I have no idea how many times I watched "dirty dancing":))
Your Slaw sound incredibly tasty!!
Have a awesome Friday!!!

Erin said...

We are also a house divided. My husband is a fan of coleslaw, and I don't like it. I am not a big fan of cabbage, and I strongly dislike Mayo. But hubby would LOVE this!!

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...

That's almost how my mama taught me, but I've never heard of putting in the buttermilk, and my mama also puts in celery seed. I'll have to give your version a try.

It's just my opinion, but anyone who doesn't like grits, cole slaw & corn bread doesn't deserve status as a Southerner. Again, just my $.02 worth. ;-)

sliceofsouthern said...

I'm making your cole slaw for out picnic today...Look fabulous! Thanks for another great recipe!

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so much for all your comments! Beth, I hope you like it! If you chop it up fine, I think it tastes kinda like KFC cole slaw!

The Farmers Wife said...

Mmmm.... I've been craving cole slaw like crazy lately! I will have to give this a try next time I make BBQ!

Lizzy said...

Hooray for your Top 9 this morning! This looks like the perfect cole slaw!!! xo

Adele Forbes said...

love it! your story leading into it might have been the best part but I do believe it is the ingredients for the slaw that will take the blue ribbon...nice job!

Alyce said...

I love cole slaw.

The Better Baker said...

Brandy! Congrats on making Top 9 at Foodbuzz!! WOOOHHOOOO!! Darling post..you're always makin' me smile Missy! I make my cole slaw pretty much like this too. MM!

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Mmm I love me some coleslaw. My husband is not a fan though so I don't typically make it at home. I sure would love a heaping helping of this one!

Becky said...

Congrats on the Top 9 ! (I'm way behind reading blogs, since I got back.) Your cole slaw looks so good. I love Patrick Swayze is on of my favorite movies. Back to the cole slaw, I'll ahve to try your dressing!

Have a great Tuesday!

Skylar Wolfe said...

Congrats on the top 9 for this! And it looks quite yummy.

scratch-made wife said...

We love coleslaw. Actually, I love it; the husband doesn't mind it. But since I love it I hardly make it - I'd eat it all! This looks great!

Cookielady said...

Love the look of this cole slaw. Thanks for the tip about chopping it up small. Husband and I are both from Iowa. I like KFC cole slaw and I think he likes most slaws. I hate celery seed though so thanks for leaving it out of this recipe!

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

We are having house guests this weekend and I am going to make this along with pulled pork and apple pie for dessert. So excited!

The Country Cook said...

I hope you like it Annie!!

Anonymous said...

North and South here too...he is from Ohio (just like my Dad), I am from FL (just like my Mom...and she did try to warn me...lol). Anyway, I LOVE coleslaw...he loves cabbage ANY OTHER way but in coleslaw...can't wait to try your recipe!

Anonymous said...

North and South here too...he is from Ohio (just like my Dad), I am from FL (just like my Mom...and she did try to warn me...lol). Anyway, I LOVE coleslaw...he loves cabbage ANY OTHER way but in coleslaw...can't wait to try your recipe!

Anonymous said...

Love your recipes. When making coleslaw from a bag mix. Run the slaw through the chop part of your food processor to get a fresh cut taste to your slaw. Then if you sprinkle a tsp of sugar over the cut cabbage, before adding the sauce, it will help cut the bitter taste.

Michele R. said...

you are hilarious! I had the same Orry Main problem!!

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who remembered Patrick Swayse from that mini-series. It was my first introduction to him (and also Kirstie Alley) and I always thought of him in this role whenever I saw him on TV. So nice to run across so many others who enjoyed it as much as I did!

And just for that I think I'll use your recipe for coleslaw for lunch today!

Cathy said...

Coleslaw is also great on hot dogs ~ my mom's from WV and taught me that ;)!

Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

Moy said...

I made this today as I was looking for something to go with a pork loin I had as leftovers. The great thing about it was I had everything, except the cole slaw mix. I only needed to use 1 bag of slaw as its just me to feed. I used the whole amount of "dressing" and added about a teaspoon of celery seed. Its marinating in the fridge but cant wait to eat it on my Sweet Baby Ray BBQ pork sandwich...

DIARY OF A DOORMAT said...

Ok, you won me over for 3 reasons ..#1-Cole Slaw..I love a great cole slaw.You cannot without a doubt get a good one out of any deli case at a grocery store. I make mine and slather it on my grilled hot dogs..#2- North and South, I feel in love with both Patrick Swayze and James Read, Orrie and George!! I bought it on Dvd at Walmart. #3-JFG mayonnaise...JFG was a staple at my grandpa's in Tennessee. I live in Ohio and too this day when I go down there I stock up on JFG for my dad and thinking of my amazing grandpa..Thanks for that..

Anonymous said...

I would add some celery seed too! Maybe a couple of teaspoons?

Anonymous said...

Love reading your recipes and all the comments that follow. I, too, am a slaw lover. Like mine sweeter rather than vinegary. Our home is also divided, North and South. He's from Pennsylvania and I'm from South Carolina. However, he will eat grits, greens, cornbread, okra, and many other "southern" foods. Still cannot get him interested in cole slaw. What's a girl to do?!?

peggy elms said...

Omygosh delish! This recipe is a keeper. I have tried alot of coleslaw dressing through the years but I am definitely in love. Keeper for the rest of my life.

Thank you so much for this greaaaaaaaaaaat tasting slaw.

Kindly, Peggy