Mama's Coleslaw!

 
  
There are some southern foods that just demand coleslaw be served with them...barbeque, fried chicken, catfish or really most seafood.  Coleslaw is not a hard thing to make, but it seems there are not a lot of good recipes for it.  I think most people just buy a bag of the shredded cabbage mix and a bottle of coleslaw dressing and call it a day and that is not bad if you doctor it up a little, but a good homemade slaw dressing is just so much better.  
 
This is my mother's coleslaw recipe and it is the best recipe I have tried.   Of course, I am a little biased.  Here is what you will need:
 
6 cups cabbage, shredded  (can use a bag of coleslaw mix from the produce section)
1 red apple, unpeeled and diced small (optional)
1/2 cup carrot, shredded
1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped fine
 
Dressing
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar (apple cider vinegar or white vinegar either one works)
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. honey mustard (prepared dressing or just the prepared honey mustard dipping sauce or sandwich spread)
1 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
 
Mix cabbage, apple, carrot and onion in a large mixing bowl.  The apple is optional, but I would advise trying it, it makes the coleslaw so much better.  Dice the apple into a bowl of salted, warm water first and let it sit for a minute or two, then drain.  This keeps it from turning brown and the slaw can be kept for two to three days in the refrigerator if you have leftovers.
 
For the dressing, combine the sugar, water and vinegar and microwave for about 3 minutes or cook over medium heat in a saucepan until it comes to a boil and boil for a minute or two.   Set aside and cool completely.  You can place it in the refrigerator to cool it faster.  
 
Once cool, stir in the mayonnaise, the honey mustard and the yellow mustard.  Pour the dressing mixture over the shredded cabbage and other ingredients and mix well.  This is best if you refrigerate for at least 2 hours for the flavors to blend.   Stir again right before serving. 
 
Mama's Coleslaw




25 comments:

  1. Going to try. Sounds good.

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  2. Oh I got to try this............sounds delish!

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  3. I've gotta try this, too!!

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  4. Sounds good..I can't wait to try it!!

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  5. Minus the onion

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  6. Brilliant! Thanks for this! I was just about to start searching for a good coleslaw recipe and here it was! :) xo Camilla (Kakemilla)

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  7. I have made this you wouldn't believe how good this I's it's the best I've ever ate

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  8. Do you think you could make it with Splenda instead of the sugar?

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  9. So many people will not eat onion! Onion is chocked full of nutritional value..just sayin..

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    1. I don't eat onions because the effect that they have on me is socially unacceptable.

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    2. Onions have cleansing qualities. Love them!

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    3. Love onions but not crazy about apples in my cole slaw!

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    4. Could not live without them. I eat onions with every meal. Yes, even breakfast.

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  10. best coleslaw I ever made and ever ate Yum Yum Thank You

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  11. Why do you boil the dressing? Does it change the flavor in some way?

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    1. to dissolve the sugar so it wont be grainy, am guessing, plus this also disperses it evenly

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    2. I use clear Karo syrup in place of sugar. Sweeten to taste. No sugary grit.

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  12. Everybody that likes cole slaw needs to try this!It is the BEST I have ever had.This recipe is definatly a keeper!!!!

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  13. Thank you and yes I will try it looks so good .

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  14. I made this and oh, so good! I'm 76 years old and never have tasted better coleslaw. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Joy M.

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  15. I just had this at a family gathering and it was the best I've ever had. The apples are delicious in the coleslaw. Thank you for all these recipes and the stories behind them.

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  16. Just had this at a family gathering and it's the best coleslaw I've had. The apples are excellant in this. Thank you for all the recipes and for the stories behind them.

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  17. Made this for our 4th of July gathering. Almost left the apples out. Sure am glad I didn't. They make the slaw. AMAZING. This will my go to slaw recipe. Everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful family recipes.

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  18. I always thought my Mama's dressing for coleslaw was the only one.....just the basic celery seed, sugar, vinegar, and mayo. This past weekend, my daughter made a dressing she found in Taste of Home. It used sour cream. I am hooked. It was so creamy, and a wonderful flavor.

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