Carolina Red Slaw

This recipe comes from Cook's Country Magazine (June/July 2011 issue). What we like about this version of slaw, is that vinegar is used instead of mayonnaise. There's a reason that the directions say to microwave the cabbage just until it wilts. This helps to draw all the moisture out much quicker. Otherwise, the slaw would become watery and runny. This is very easy to make, and I was surprised at how much we liked this slaw recipe. We served it with Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork and Boston Baked Beans.

Delicious Carolina red slaw is a great side dish for a picnic.

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Delicious Carolina red slaw is a great side dish for a picnic.

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  • ½

    cup cider vinegar

  • ½

    teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • cup ketchup

  • 2

    teaspoons salt

  • 1

    head green cabbage , cored

  • ¼

    cup sugar


1. Microwave vinegar and pepper flakes until mixture is bubbling around edges, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Whisk ketchup and 1 teaspoon salt into vinegar mixture until combined. 2. Cut cabbage into 2-inch-thick wedges and shred in food processor fitted with shredding disk. Toss cabbage, sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Cover bowl and microwave until cabbage is just beginning to wilt, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Transfer cabbage mixture to colander set over bowl. Let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Press cabbage to release excess moisture; discard liquid (it should measure about 1/3 cup). Toss cabbage and dressing in clean large bowl until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 days. Serve.


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