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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Colonel Cole Slaw

This recipe is an attempt to pay homage to the cookbooks that attempt to have the same effect as The Masked Magician Secrets Revealed.  I really hope the reaction to this recipe doesn't result in a similar style of exile and anger.  We all know of the famous Southern Colonel who is known for his poultry and sides, and we decided to try and rip a page out of his book without the associated diabetes.  

My mother was kind enough to share such a cole slaw recipe from a book that suggested using 1/2 cup of sugar for cole slaw.  I think back to my fond memories of this delicious side, and I felt betrayed.  To me it feels like the equivalent of lacing your food with some addictive substance and just non-chalantly accepting the accolades of how "addicting" it is.  Here is our take, sans sugar and dairy.

The topping on the cake was that we were able to have this adventure with The Domestic Man and family.  We had a fantastic day cooking and playing with our cameras, as well as some ad hoc computer diagnostics (which is for another post).  Russ was kind enough to take over our kitchen for the afternoon and come up with several tasty variations on the hamburger, one of which even included this cole slaw.  That should be coming to an internet browser near you later this week, but in the mean time you should really pause and vote for his BBQ sauce here for Paleo Magazine's best of the best.  Trust me–this is a sauce you need in your life.  Good on burgers, ribs, and we can't wait to find out what next.  Be careful though, the dog may decide to be interested in the extra carrot.

All that being said, here is our take on this famous cole slaw recipe.  Time is a friend of this recipe, and we suggest preparing it and making it 24 hours before you plan to serve it.  

8 C finely chopped cabbage (a medium/large head)
1/4 C shredded carrot (1 large carrot)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 C coconut milk
1/2 C mayonnaise
(1 egg, 1/4 tsp mustart, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 C coconut oil, 1/2 C olive oil)
2 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Prepare carrot and cabbage into finely minced pieces.  For the carrot, I used our handy julienne peeler to start and for the cabbage our mandoline.  I then minced both finely down to little pieces.  

Make your mayonnaise (food processor starting with egg, mustard, salt and pepper.  Blend on high slowly adding the oil mixture 1 Tbsp at a time until finished) and add it to the mixture of cabbage and carrot.  Add all other ingredients, and mix thoroughly.  This is a little sweeter than the restaurant-chain style, but after a day it settles quite nicely.  It worked well with burgers as well as a standalone.  

Many thanks to Russ for the additional pictures and the company.  Be sure to check out his BBQ sauce, because it's delicious.  Also make sure to enter in our giveaway for a copy of Make it Paleo.  The giveaway closes November 26th, so time is of the essence.  


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