Coleslaw (serves 4-6)

I’ve never made my own coleslaw before. I know homemade ‘slaw was really trendy among TV chefs a couple of years ago but, quite frankly, the thought of washing up all the bits of the food processor was enough to put me off. Yes, I really am that lazy.

But I’m a bit fussy about the shop-bought stuff. I only like the really creamy “deli” style stuff. It’s usually in the supermarket’s extra special double-the-price range. But the cheap stuff is always too watery and chopped too small for my liking. I know. Fussy.

Anyway, it’s summer. At last. So I thought I’d finally have a bash at doing it myself. It’s a good way to use up those last few carrots that are on the turn. I had no idea what to use for the creamy bit. I took a guess at plain yoghurt and had a few other bits in the fridge as a back-up plan. Please bear in mind that the quantities I’ve listed here make A LOT of coleslaw. At least four big portions, probably with leftovers.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 white cabbage
2 large carrots (I had 4 puny ones)
1 small onion
Small pot plain yoghurt
50ml soured cream
Big squirt of mayonnaise
Black pepper

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Method:

Peel and trim the veg and chop them small enough to fit in the spout of the food processor (unless you’re grating by hand, of course).

I used the coarse grating attachment to blitz the veggies really quickly, before transferring to a large serving bowl. Season well.

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If using a food processor, there will be some bigger chunks that missed the blade. You can leave them, if it doesn’t bother you. Or pick them out and slice them a bit smaller.

Now this is where I got a bit experimental. I added the whole pot of yoghurt and gave it a good stir but it wasn’t creamy enough. So I added the leftover bit of soured cream that I had in the fridge. Still not quite enough. So I gave it a great big squirt of mayo. That did the trick. Perfect.

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We all know coleslaw can be used as a side dish for all sorts of meals – salads, sandwiches, a ploughman’s, barbecues, burgers, TexMex. Endless possibilities.

I served it with a dirty fish finger sandwich on doorstep bread. Lovely jubbly.

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One thought on “Coleslaw (serves 4-6)

  1. Jo Langthorne July 5, 2014 at 12:17 Reply

    I love homemade slaw! Dirty (?) fishfingers …

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