Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Guess what?  I hate blue cheese.  Guess what else?  I love this coleslaw.  I don't know how that happens, but I'm pretty sure this is one of my favorite side dishes now.  When my brother and his family moved from Memphis to Birmingham, I started eating at their house a good bit.  I mean, I was single, and I wasn't cooking a whole lot.  Then there was my sister-in-law Shannon and her knack for finding good recipes, so why would I ever turn down an invitation?  (Of course my adorable niece and nephews had nothing to do with my being there so much...)  One meal in particular blew my mind: beef brisket with homemade bbq sauce, some kind of salad, and blue cheese coleslaw.  I don't know - maybe I was just really hungry that night, but yeah, I went pretty nuts on everything.  When my husband and I recently accepted a dinner invitation that involved grilling burgers, I knew the time was right to try my own hand at Shannon's masterpiece.

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

2 pounds cabbage, shredded (I used coleslaw mix.)
8 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp. celery seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup minced onion
3/4 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, toss cabbage and blue cheese together.  Chill one hour.
Whisk remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.  Chill one hour.
Toss together just before serving.
Serves 8-10

Note: I cut the recipe in half to serve 4-5.
Shannon got this recipe from Treebeards, a restaurant she enjoys.

The original recipe serves 8-10, but I decided to cut that in half.  What happens when you want half of 1 1/2 teaspoons of celery seed?  The Adjustable Measuring Spoon does 3/4 tsp.!  How awesome is that?  The above ingredients are organized on the Cutting Board using the Scoop 'n Measure, Measuring Spoons, an Adjustable Measuring Spoon, and an Easy Read Measuring Cup.  I always do this before adding anything to a mixing bowl because I can avoid this scenario: Add a few things.  Phone rings.  Answer.  Don't remember if I already added the sugar/salt/etc.  When it's all right in front of you, you're less likely to make mistakes.

Again, cutting the recipe in half, I ended up with an awkward measurement.  I needed half of 3/4 cup of oil.  Guess what?  This Easy Read Measuring Cup shows that 3/4 cup is 6 oz., so I can just measure to... 3 oz. It's the little things!

This never gets old.  If you don't have the Garlic Press, stop what you're doing, call me, and order one.  You don't have to peel the garlic!

Cabbage mixture + blue cheese = Get ready for awesome!

The cabbage/blue cheese mixture is in the Medium Stainless Mixing Bowl, and everything else is whisked in the Small Stainless Mixing Bowl.  I used a Bamboo Spatula and the Mini Stainless Whisk to get these mixed to perfection.

This is a beautiful, refreshing, adult side dish that you can be proud to take to your next gathering.  The fact that it's insanely easy to put together is just a bonus.  Let me know if you make it!

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