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German Style Cole Slaw

German Cole Slaw

This is a basic simple cole Slaw, that was adapted from a German Chef friend. a simple vinaigrette dressing. The key to it is working the cabbage a little with some salt. You will notice a wonderful difference in the texture of the cabbage, just the right crunch. A refreshing dressing and not cloying mayonnaise.

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Ingredients:
4 cups cabbage shredded and chopped
1 teaspoon salt

Dressing :
1 /4 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon teaspoon Dill weed or celery seed
1 / 2 teaspoon black pepper
sugar ( varies how you like it. 1 tablespoon for tart andup to 4 tablespoons for sweet.

other vegetables :
1 tablespoon chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped bell pepper.


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Another version of German style Cole Slaw (cooked)


Directions:

This technique I learned from a German Chef who called it Gestamphe salad, or pounded german cabbage salad. You work the cabbage with the salt and it breaks down the cabbage structure and it's juices naturally. You get a better texture and it doesn't weep, causing the dressing to be diluted.

Here is about 4 cups of chopped cabbage. I work the cabbage with salt with my hands

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I let the cabbage sit on the board for about 15 minutes and you can see how much water is already coming out of the cabbage.

 

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You can see the texture of the cabbage had begun to break down a bit. It is still crunchy but just the right amount. I squeeze out the water and put it in a bowl to dress.

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Assemble the dressing ingredients.



Add to the shredded cabbage, and mix.



Add chopped onions or bell pepper if you want. You can also add a few Tablespoons of cream or sour cream

 

 

 

 

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