Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing

June 11, 2015

Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing from Creative-Culinary.com

A couple of years ago when my youngest daughter Lauren was still living in Denver, she called me on her way to my house to get her dog after work and wanted to know if I had a good slaw recipe. Something different she said; she was heading to a barbecue that night and slaw was a request from the hostess. It’s not like I’m the slaw queen exactly but I know why she asked..she knew she could count on something other than the typical mayonnaise mixture; that’s how we roll!

I recalled making a wonderful warm bacon slaw with my Dad once when I had visited my parents in St. Louis after moving to North Carolina. I can’t say for sure now but I’m betting it was something he picked up from my Grandma Lizette who prepared a lot of  German dishes; making it warm reminded me a bit of his other favorite, German Potato Salad, it’s warm too. It had been a LONG time but seemed perfect for the fall weather we were starting to get in Denver.

Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing from Creative-Culinary.com

Let’s call this my updated version of that creation. I’m certain my Dad did not use either balsamic vinegar or Ancho Chili powder then but the end result for Lauren when she took this dish to feed friends all these many years later? It was a huge hit with her friends and I had to PROMISE to get this recipe on my blog for them so the deed was done and everyone was happy. Fast forward 5+ years and I realize everyone but me. Not only did I want to make this again for a summer cookout but it would let me update a photo that was cringeworthy. Lauren decided to pick up one purple and one regular head of cabbage that day and it was perfect; the combination of colors is so pretty. I was lucky to find two small heads about the size of softballs but if you get regular size heads, either double the recipe or make a cold slaw as well…I love them both.

If you’re like me and think of cabbage cooking on the stove and recall a bad memory of your entire home smelling less than savory; no worries. This cabbage is cooked just a bit in a warm bacon dressing with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and mustard only until it starts to wilt. Not until it gets mushy and decides to totally take over your home.

Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing from Creative-Culinary.com

Do you know how hard it is to photograph some foods; especially brownish, cabbage like foods? Because seriously this is not really a pretty food; it’s just a yummy one. I threw in some gratuitous peas to help but on this one you’ll just have to trust me. :)

Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing
 
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Serves: 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
  • Equivalent of 1 large head of cabbage; we actually did a half of regular and a half of purple (I used the rest when I made it a 2nd time for..tada...ME!)
  • ½ lb bacon
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder (optional...or to taste)
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Preparation
  1. Slice cabbage into ¼-1/2" strips. We used 6mm blade on the Cuisinart. Put into bowl.
  2. Cut bacon into pieces and put into a large pot. Cook until fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to crisp up.
  3. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add chopped garlic and saute until onions are soft but not caramelized, approximately 3 more minutes.
  4. Add vinegar, sugar, mustard, chili powder, celery seed, salt and pepper to pan and mix well. Add cabbage, toss well and cook for 5-7 minutes til desired tenderness. I like mine with just a bit of crunch, but you can cook it until it suits your taste.
  5. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature.

One thing I love about this recipe for summer events is it’s portability…no mayo means no risk of spoilage so it’s perfect to bring to a picnic or barbecue.

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Happy Eating!

 

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1 Nutmeg Nanny June 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Love love love non traditional slaw. The funny thing is that I don’t even like normal slaw that much…haha. My grandmother always used to make warm potato salad and this dish totally reminds me of this. Plus who doesn’t love bacon? :)
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2 Creative Culinary June 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I don’t love slaw that much either; this is so much better. I mean grilled onions, brown sugar and balsamic? How could it not be right?

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3 For Sale By Owner June 12, 2015 at 6:31 am

I can’t wait to make this one. it reminds me of a german potato salad we make.

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4 jackie June 12, 2015 at 5:20 am

What a lovely dish to dress up the dinner plate!
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5 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 12, 2015 at 5:16 am

I’ve never had slaw like this but just the description and recipe tell me how much I would love to eat it. I must put this on my must-make list.
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6 Creative Culinary June 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

It is almost addictive Maureen; I do hope you try it and let me know what you think!

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7 Katrina June 11, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Yum. I’ll have to try this. I made one that the boys all like that is similar but with ham instead of bacon, but bacon sounds so much better. It also uses sherry vinegar, but I like balsamic better, so I need to make this one. Mine is also topped with some goat cheese. Mmm, I need this. ;)

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8 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:52 pm

You must try it then…and be sure to let me know. Or hop on over; I still have leftovers. (if only it were that easy right?)

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9 Bam's Kitchen June 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Loving these flavours and a great low carb version instead of German potato salad. Your photos turned out gorgeous! I know how difficult it can be to photograph what I call “brown foods” Pinning and sharing, everywhere, of course! Take care
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10 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:46 pm

I get this idea of something that tastes so good that I want to share and sort of forget about it’s photo worthiness…but I started a blog wanting to share foods I love and sometimes doggone it…they are brown! Yes, east to low carb, just sub out the sugars for something you would use instead.

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11 Kirsten June 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Barb,
My family likes sautéed cabbage. We get so many varieties in the farm share that I had to find a way to enjoy it. I love the idea of this slaw, and it looks gorgeous!
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12 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Thanks Kirsten…and you should try this, it’s different but so good. A nice change from the norm for sure!

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13 Kacey @ The Cookie Writer June 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm

My husband is not a coleslaw person, but I bet if I whipped this up he would be singing a different tune! What a great looking recipe!

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14 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Yes…disguise it with bacon and grilled onions and he’ll never know. :)

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15 Amanda (@lambsearshoney) June 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Yum! I’ve never thought of having a warm slaw. Given that it is winter and bloody chilly here, this will be a perfect winter salad.
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16 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Yay…something for both of our seasons and it is a great winter salad too. I love it with bratwurst sandwiches especially.

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17 Lauren @ Wicked Spatula June 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Well this looks absolutely fantastic. I love warm bacon dressing on cabbage and this takes it one step further. Love it!

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18 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Thank you Lauren. I imagine the words warm and bacon would elevate a lot of dishes huh? :)

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19 John@Kitchen Riffs June 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I know all too well how hard it is to photograph some foods! You did great with this. I’ve actually played around with this dish — inspired by German potato salad and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. Your version looks fantastic! As in really good stuff. ;-)
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20 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm

I must say I am now dying for a spinach salad. I feel certain this had to evolve from my German grandparents repertoire…seasoned a bit different now by their grand-daughter but still with many memories intact. Now that my dad is gone I wish I had more of these treasures.

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21 Jamie June 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Mmm this sounds like the perfect barbecue side and really great with any roasted or grilled meat. Or by itself. Or would that be piggy? I love the sound of the dressing, salty, smokey, sweet. Perfect.
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22 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

We just love it Jamie and of course by itself too. Hope it’s not piggy because that was my dinner last night. Just slaw and it was perfect!

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23 Aggie January 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

This looks really awesome. I am so overwhelmed with cabbage right now! Lol. Looking at the ingredient list for this recipe is making me so hungry!! So glad you shared it! I just pinned it!

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24 Creative Culinary January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I do different variations on this but it’s my favorite way to eat cabbage. Thanks for the Pin…even if I would replace that photo next go around. Ah..memories. Of photos from days past!

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25 Creative Culinary June 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Well I’m glad I could help Aggie…and if you’ve got cabbage, make a bunch; it cooks down a lot and it’s so good you will wish you had more no matter how much you make. I mean…bacon, brown sugar and more makes it a fantastic side dish.

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26 Amy @ Poor Girl Gourmet October 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

This slaw looks incredible – I can just about taste the bacon dressing and the still slightly crisp cabbage, and I love how you updated this with the balsamic vinegar and ancho chile powder – thank you for sharing, Barb!

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27 Creative Culinary October 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

It is all that…I think making sure to not overcook the cabbage is key or it’s a cabbage dish instead of a slaw dish; I love the mix of flavors but still retaining that crunch.

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28 megan October 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

What a beautiful dish! I like that it’s different and who could resist a bacon dressing?

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29 marla {family fresh cooking} October 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

You are right, you cannot go wrong with cabbage in a warm bacon dressing…..ever. Your daughter is lucky to have you as a great resource & her mom :) xo

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30 Creative Culinary October 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

The words ‘your daughter is lucky’ are lost on her right now…but you’re right! Throes of independence? Needs Mom but hates to admit it!

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31 Jennifer October 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Another great recipe! And you’re right, perfect for that outdoor cookout with no chance of anyone getting sick since there’s no mayo. Definitely gonna have to give it a try.

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32 Renee (Kudos Kitchen) October 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

OK, now this one looks like a real winner! So nice to see slaw being the star of a plate and not just a side. Love! Thanks for the recipe Barb!

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33 Creative Culinary October 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I could literally have eaten nothing but this dish for dinner. Oh, wait…I did!

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34 saltyseattle October 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

warm bacon dressing is seriously the only way i will eat salad, but i hadn’t thought of it for slaw- genius. And this rendition incorporates things I don’t- I can’t wait to try w balsamic instead of my typical sherry vinegar- bet it gives it depth. Ooh, better idea- you can bottle it and sell it, that would save us the work and make you rich beyond your wildest dreams- bwahaahhaaahaaa. xo, l

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35 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 13, 2010 at 6:47 am

Ooh… LOVE this! I get sick of the same old thing when it comes to slaws, but this is a slaw that would get my attention (well, it just did!).

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36 Lea Ann October 13, 2010 at 6:12 am

Well of course you had a good slaw recipe! What was she thinking? :-) This looks really wonderful Barb. Great photo with the addition of the purple cabbage. Balsamic and ancho chili powder, what an interesting combinations of flavors. Got to give this a try.

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37 Nancy@acommunaltable October 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Did someone say bacon???? Hmmm… this might even fly with my teenagers and would be a great side to sandwiches – which are on the menu for this week!! Beautiful colors don’t hurt either!!

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38 Becky October 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

Oh … YUM!

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39 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon October 12, 2010 at 10:55 am

I’d eat cardboard if it was fancied up with warm bacon dressing. I think maybe the next time I pan roast some brussell sprouts they are going to get some warm bacon dressing love. Thanks hon.

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40 Creative Culinary October 12, 2010 at 11:22 am

So true; it’s actually the basis for a potato salad I love too and offers a nice bonus that you don’t have to worry about spoiling like you do with mayo based dressings if taking to an event like Lauren did.

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41 Kalynskitchen October 12, 2010 at 10:55 am

My mother used to make a less exotic version of this when I was a kid and we always loved it!

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42 Creative Culinary October 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’m thinking those early attempts must have been from my mom’s influence and I’m also sure a bit less exotic too, if by exotic we mean balsamic vinegar! That was most definitely not a part of our cooking experience.

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43 SMITH BITES October 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

i LOATHE slaw w/mayo!! this however, is fabulous Barb – and beside, mother does always know best, at least in this case!! beautiful!

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44 Kathleen October 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

Looks scrumptious! I think I will make this warm and also cold with the same dressing.
This goes great with so many meals. Glad you remebered this one!

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45 MrsWheelbarrow October 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

Yay! I’ve been looking all over for a recipe like this. Thanks, Barb! xoCathy

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