Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pineapple Jalapeño Coleslaw

(Printable Recipe)
If you like your coleslaw a little sweet and creamy, you'll probably love this cold-sweet-hot twist on the classic version. I've also switched up the basic dressing by using rice vinegar which is milder and sweeter than white.
For 4 cups of shredded cabbage, use 2 small jalapeños, 1 sweet red pepper like this one or 1/2 a sweet red bell pepper, 1/3 whole pineapple, and 2 or 3 chopped scallions (green onions).  I prefer the flavor and firmness of a fresh pineapple, but canned could be substituted. Use a small can of tidbits, chopped a bit more, rather than crushed which would be too mushy. 
Seed the jalapeño if you can't take the heat!
Finely dice the peppers by making long narrow slices, then cutting crosswise into small bits. But cut the pineapple into thin, larger pieces that will be juicier to bite into. *NOTE: I wear surgical gloves to work with jalapeños; if you're immune to their heat on your skin then go ahead and live dangerously with the bare-handed handling of them.
Now toss it all together and go make some dressing.

1/2 Cup Miracle Whip, 1 Tbs Rice Vinegar, 1 tsp Sugar
Don't feel tempted to substitute regular mayo for the Miracle Whip; its tangy-sweet balance will be completely off. I love real mayo but this is not the time for it. Whisk in the vinegar and sugar and then fold into the above ingredients. It may not look wet enough at first but the slaw will exude some its own juices after sitting a few hours and should be just right when ready to serve. Use a rubber spatula to blend well just before serving and bring the dressing up from the bottom. Delish!

SummerSoiree is on at the Food Network blogsite! Stay tuned each week for fresh ideas for your finds at the Farmer's Market or delicious dishes for picnics and parties all summer long. Get more recipes here from friends and family:

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