I had a hunger, and that hunger called for some coleslaw. Now I have never made a slaw, or even had a desire for one before, and I have never even really been a huge fan of slaw before, so it was rather odd this desire hit me. It may also be a bit of an oddity that the desire hits me in the middle of the winter months, instead of nearing the spring.
Perhaps it was another food network program that caught my attention. Was it an episode of Man vs Food? Or maybe an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Whatever it was, it must have assaulted my subconscious and forced some cooking inventiveness.
Now a traditional slaw starts with cabbage, which is something that I don't really get from the grocery store (Should I?). So in this particular case, I just used normal everyday normal lettuce. Coleslaw enthusiasts probably just gasped and died a little inside. I also probably should have used some red onion inside, not only for the colour, but also because it's taste is a little less intense than the regularly used yellow or white. I also added mine straight to the burger, instead of letting it marinate for the traditional couple of hours.
Forgive me Coleslaw purists!
So while this slaw isn't really the true classic, its a good start for an imaginative recipe. And shakeup in the recipe lineup never hurts anyone!
Lettuce - 2-3 leaves sliced about finger-long
Onion - 1/4, cut into long slices
Carrot - 1 peeled
Celery - 1 stalk peeled
Mayonnaise - 1/4 cup
Dijon Mustard - 2 tbsps
Vinegar - 2 tbsps
Sugar - a healthy pinch
Toss the vegetables together in a small bowl. Remember you want to keep all the ingredients to a reasonable burger bun size.
In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Feel free to add some hot sauce as well if you want a bit of a kick. Add the mixture to the veggies and give the whole thing a stir and a toss. Now I added mine straight to the burger, but feel free to let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Its a cool tasty addition to any burger, and a nice change from the usual! Craving satisfied!