Smokehowze’s No Mayonnaise Coleslaw
This recipe was inspired by the coleslaw served by the Catfish Parlour in Austin, Texas. When I got home from the business trip I decided to replicate it for the family. It is probably not the same but I will say and the family concurs it is an excellent coleslaw result in this recipe. It has a light and fresh character and a nice flavor profile where the vinegar complements the fresh ingredients.
1 medium sized green cabbage, shredded (Edit - hand cut or mandoline preferred)
1 large onion, fine chopped (hand chop onion as food processor will release a bitterness)
1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped (green pepper OK also)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or other vegetable oil but not olive oil)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
White vinegar (see below on amount)
Salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon
Pepper to taste about ½ teaspoon
Sugar to taste, 1 teaspoon or so
4 cloves garlic, minced and then mashed with fork tines with small amount of salt as grinding agent
Handful of chopped parsley (adjust flavor of parsley in the slaw to taste – it is good with a large amount)
Add cabbage, onion, bell pepper, parsley in large bowl and mix well.
Separately, mix together the garlic mash, red wine vinegar, oil, pepper, salt and sugar.
Initially add a tablespoon or so of white vinegar to taste to round out flavor profile.
Also add a couple of tablespoons of water.
Pour dressing over slaw
Fold together to mix well.
Adjust sugar and fine tune white vinegar to taste.
Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Depending on the amount of cabbage a double batch of the dressing may be required.
Optional: a small amount of finely chopped fresh cilantro can additionally be incorporated for a different flavor profile. Preferably, serve the chopped cilantro separately to add to individual portions. A little cilantro goes a long long way in this dish and can overpower the slaw.
By John Setzler
1 head of cabbage
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar
1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
** The tarragon vinegar is a key ingredient in the flavor of this recipe. You may substitute but it makes a significant difference **
Chop/dice all your ingredients until you have a consistency that you like. You can chop as coarsely or as finely as you like for this. Mix it all up and put it in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight.
This is an excellent coleslaw for pulled pork sandwiches!