This creamy dill broccoli slaw is a wonderful spin on my favorite salad, creamy cucumber salad. Loaded with dill and a hint of lime, it has a great summer flavor with plenty of crunch to it. I added a few sliced fresh chili peppers and chives from our garden for garnish. Cilantro would also make a great addition to this slaw. You can substitute ‘normal’ shredded cabbage for the broccoli if you wish. Broccoli slaw tends to stay crunchier longer than cabbage, which can get soggy in no time. If you do make this creamy dill broccoli slaw with cabbage instead, sauce only the amount of slaw you plan on serving. That way the leftovers won’t get drenched in sauce and become soggy.
Chef John Besh’s book, Besh Big Easy, is full of easy-to-make recipes. The kind that I like. Southern- and Lousiana-inspired. Take this wonderful country coleslaw. It has your ‘usual’ ingredients, but with a twist (to me, at least). I’ve never had sweet pickle relish in a slaw, and I found it to be absolutely fantastic. So is the addition of rice wine vinegar. Great flavors out of such a simple dish. That’s key.I wouldn’t be afraid to add fresh jalapeno rings to this country coleslaw. Anita would tell me to not do it, though. I’d have to add it to my bowl and just enjoy the heat on my own. For more heat, try my firecracker slaw.
Onions and bell peppers in a slaw, with a little vinegar kick and a little sweetness. That’s why this Carolina slaw is so good. And celery seed. I love celery seed (celery seed is one of my favorite ingredients in my Fire Eater rub). I make slaws often, just about any time of the year. They usually keep longer than a green salad. To keep your slaw lasting longer only dress the amount of slaw you are serving for a meal. Keep your leftover dressing separate so your slaw ingredients don’t get soggy overnight.
My rule for sandwiches also applies to burgers: The messier, the better. One glance at these unbelievably messy Dallas burgers and you know they are going to be crazy good. You know that all sorts of wonderful things are going to run down your forearm when you pick them up. You know you’ll be scraping yummy goodness off your plate with your fingers (ok, use potato chips for scraping if you wish).
Wondering why I put the cheese on the bun bottom instead of on top of the meat (and believe me, there’s some in there)? To keep the bun from getting so soggy you end up an open-faced burger, eating with a knife and fork. No, the cheese won’t get all melty gooey down there, but the trade-off is worth it to me. I used your pretty-much-standard deli slaw on these Dallas burgers, but a broccoli slaw or even a jalapeno slaw would be just as great. Or try my roasted poblano slaw.
Anita and I recently had a great lunch at the Aquarium Restaurant located at the Opry Mills shopping center in Nashville, Tennessee. One of my favorite dishes was their firecracker slaw. It had a great balsamic vinaigrette with a great spicy kick. I decided right then and there to attempt to make a copycat of the slaw when we returned home. My version of Firecracker slaw is very close to the one we had at the Aquarium Restaurant. I believe the only differences are that they might have used a white balsamic vinegar (my slaw was darker), and I’m not 100% sure their version contained mustard. Mine is absolutely fantastic, though, and I’ll make it again.
Woo hoo! Back up the spicy truck! This coleslaw has some kick! Well, that’s mainly because I more than doubled the amount of spicy, smoky chipotles that the original recipe called for. Of course you don’t have to add the extra chipotles and you’ll still have a wonderful chipotle slaw. It’s refreshing, crunchy, smoky, and really quite pretty I think. This was the perfect side for the St. Louis-style ribs and pulled pork sandwiches we made.
When I first read through this recipe for Lexington slaw (where I found it, I can’t recall) I thought someone had lost their mind. Ketchup? In a slaw? Huh? What? How’s that going to work?
Well, it does work, and it works very nicely in fact. The tomato flavor isn’t overwhelming and it’s really a great change from your normal vinegary slaw. The dressing is thin, so it’s not like a thick creamy sauce. The chili powder adds a good earthy southwestern kick, and the hot sauce finishes the deal. I wouldn’t be afraid to add more hot sauce than the recipe calls for. I make a lot of slaws. They can’t get much easier to make, and often I have most of the ingredients on hand.
Fresh corn season has now just come to an end here in Indiana. Sadly. I love fresh sweet corn. Sweet corn is what makes this tangy coleslaw something special. It definitely tastes as great as it looks. There’s all sort of great crunchy veggies, from onion to bell peppers, to cabbage to carrots. And then there’s the dressing, which is a combination of sweet and tangy. I can’t say how much we enjoyed this slaw. It screams ‘fresh’! Oh, and if you don’t want to take the time to grill or roast the corn (or you can’t get fresh corn-on-the-cob), substitute canned (drained) corn kernels instead.