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Fennel Slaw

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Fennel Slaw is one of our favorite side dishes. The key to a great salad or slaw is to have a lot of different colors and textures.

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Mandolin Food Slicer is one of the best kitchen gadgets ever! The Mandolin slices veggies and potatoes paper-thin. It’s just wonderful!

Fennel bulb

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This is a Fennel bulb. It’s so delicious! Slightly sweet, crunchy with an Anise or Liquorice flavor. It can be eaten raw, roasted, in soup, stews, or puréed. Adding fennel to slaw adds depth of flavor. I always save the green leafy fronds for garnish and added color.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: Mandolin, chef’s knife, large mixing bowl,  1 large Tupperware container with a tight-fitting lid

Ingredients:
1 head green cabbage, cored and sliced (using Mandolin)
1 Fennel bulb, cored and sliced  (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of store-bought shredded carrots
1/2 a large red onion, thinly sliced (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of raisins
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of fennel fronds, chopped, for garnish

Fennel Slaw Dressing:
3/4 cup of good mayonnaise
1/4 cup of milk, whole milk or 2%
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (if you like a slightly more tart flavor add more vinegar)
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Directions:
Add sliced cabbage,  sliced fennel, sliced red onion, shredded carrots, fennel fronds, chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley, and raisins into a large bowl.

In a second bowl add the mayo, milk, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, agave nectar, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Whisk all those ingredients together.

Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to Cole Slaw. You may like your slaw either on the vinegary side or a sweeter side. Taste to make any adjustments to the level of sweetness (sugar) or tartness (vinegar) you desire.

Pour the dressing over the Fennel Slaw toss to combine. Place into the frig, serve chilled.

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Coleslaw With Cumin Dressing

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Whenever I’m craving coleslaw, I like to make sure it pairs well with whatever protein I’m making. In this case, it’s going to be my Spicy Cornmeal Breaded Catfish Sandwiches With Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise. My Coleslaw With Cumin Dressing is the perfect complement.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: chef’s knife, large mixing bowl, medium-size mixing bowl, 1 (8-ounce) jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid, mandolin, box grater, whisk

Ingredients:
1 head of green cabbage, sliced thin
1/4 head of red cabbage, sliced thin
2 large carrots (1/2 cup), peeled and grated
1 cup of golden raisins, optional
1 1/2 cups of good mayonnaise
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of caraway seeds
1 teaspoon of celery seed
2 tablespoons of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Start by removing the core of one head of green cabbage and the core of half of the red cabbage. Store the unused red cabbage in a tightly sealed plastic baggie and store in the refrigerator. Using a mandolin, grate both types of cabbage and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Next, using a box grater, grate the carrots also transferring to the same large bowl. Add the golden raisins. Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator until you’re ready to dress and serve the coleslaw.

In a separate bowl add the mayonnaise, granulated sugar, whole milk, apple cider vinegar, caraway seeds, celery seed, ground cumin, Kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper, whisk to combine. Transfer the coleslaw dressing to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Transfer the coleslaw dressing to the refrigerator.

It’s important not to dress the coleslaw until your ready to serve.

I do this because if you dress it too early, it doesn’t have that crunch factor, plus you can take the amount of coleslaw mix (raw cabbage mixture) you’re going to serve at that time, and just spoon on a few tablespoons of the dressing until you have the preferred consistency. Toss them together let sit for just a minute and you will have the perfect Coleslaw With Cumin Dressing every time.

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Fennel Slaw With Fresh Dill

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My Fennel Slaw With Fresh Dill recipe is so easy to make. I love the anise (licorice) flavor of fennel. This slaw pairs really well with pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, or even pulled barbecue chicken.

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Fennel bulb

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, mandolin, chef’s knife, Mandolin

Ingredients:
1/2 head of green cabbage, sliced thin
1 fennel bulb, core removed, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 a cup of good mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of milk, (2% or whole milk)
1/4 cup of granulated sugar (substitute Agave nectar)
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of celery seed
2 tablespoon of fresh dill, finely chopped
Garnish with fennel fronds, roughly chopped (optional)

Directions:
Using a mandolin grate the cabbage, fennel, and red onion. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, toss to combine.

In a small mixing bowl add the mayonnaise, milk granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and celery seed, whisk to combine. Transfer the coleslaw dressing to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.

Ladle 3 to 4 tablespoons of dressing into the large mixing bowl containing the cabbage mixture. Toss really well to coat all the cabbage, fennel, and red onion. Add fresh chopped dill and toss to combine. Garnish with chopped fennel fronds. My Fennel Slaw With Fresh Dill has a great crunch and is super flavorful.

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