HAPPY BLOGSGIVING! It is officially our favorite time of the year! If you missed out last year or if it’s your first time visiting our page, Blogsgiving is a series of recipes we share with you each week prior to Thanksgiving. We hope you’ll find them worthy of serving alongside your turkey and stuffing.
First up is our Mustard Green and Apple Slaw. We have made this at our own Thanksgiving dinner the last two years and it has been a big hit! We wanted some sort of cold dish that wasn’t exactly a salad. Something that was a little high in acid to cut through all the rich and heavy dishes. Salads are a good choice but what we are offering is something a little different from your humdrum greens with a side of Italian dressing. That’s good, but I feel like everyone just leaves it alone and goes straight for the turkey and the potatoes. No one outrightly gets fired up about the salad. We think that every dish on Thanksgiving should be delicious and exciting. That is why we are sharing this slaw recipe. It is one of those rare salad-type dishes that people look forward to each year.
So why should you make a slaw? Well, first of all, this one is delicious and pretty to look at. The mustard greens give it a slightly spicy – almost horseradish taste (without being overbearing) and the crisp apple mellows it out with its bright, tart flavor. Another great reason for choosing a slaw for Thanksgiving is that it is great for your leftover sandwich! I put this in my gobbler the next day it was great! I also don’t know if a gobbler is a Philadelphia region thing popularized by Wawa or if others know of this. If you don’t know about this, it’s just a sandwich that utilizes your leftovers from turkey day. You just pile all your turkey, stuffing, potatoes, slather it all with cranberry sauce and gravy between two slices of bread or leftover dinner rolls. The addition of coleslaw I found to be a pleasant surprise. It truly was the best delicious mess of a sandwich. The sandwich also goes great on our dilly rolls from last year.
This is a pretty simple recipe that can be made a day in advance to allow for maximum football watching, drinking or just hanging out with the fam. All of which I enjoy – except the football. I tend to fall asleep during that time which is pretty enjoyable… So I suppose that I enjoy that part of the game. Anyhow, to truly enjoy the holiday you need to think ahead and plan a menu that will allow relaxation. You don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen, especially if you have guests over. Which is why it’s crucial you plan for some dishes to be made in advance. Take some time with the family, the food is important but you can relax, take your time, everything is going to be fine. That’s the mantra I have during the holiday at least. Keeps me calm and I can enjoy myself.
Thanksgiving Apple SlawPrint This
- 1 Small Red Cabbage, Shredded. About 8 Cups
- 1 Red Onion, Julienned, About 1 1/2 Cups
- 4 Cups Chiffonade Mustard Greens
- 1 Tart Apple, Thinly Sliced
- For The Dressing:
- 3/4 Cup Mayo
- 1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
- 3/4 Tsp Celery Seeds
- 1/4 Tsp Spanish Paprika, dulce
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Mustard
- Dash Cyane pepper
- 1 Tsp Honey
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
- 1/4 tsp salt + more to taste
- Mix all dressing ingredients together.
- Mix all chopped veggies together
- Mix dressing and veggies together.
- Let sit at least 4 hours to marinate and get all yummy.
- Spend time with your family.
So I digress… this slaw is easy. You just chop up a whole bunch of veggies toss it in a dressing and it’s ready to go. Also, it’s important to note that a head of cabbage might not look like a lot, but once you cut it up it will be. Whenever I shred one it always seems to exponentially grow in volume and I have way too much. Like I only need a half of a head to feed an army. It will also shrink down to a manageable size once you add some salt and vinegar. It’s an emotional roller coaster where you freak out that you have too much and then you’re wondering where it all went. My advice is just to use the whole head unless you figure out something else to do with another half head of cabbage. Maybe some golabki are in order….
I hope you all are looking forward to Thanksgiving as much as we are. See you next week!