My dad’s German family made this Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing a tradition and I’m glad to carry it on with a few updates; even more delicious!
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. I knew exactly what we would do; this Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing
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 have no doubt it was a dish from his mom; they were a German family and a warm slaw would be typical of their dinnertime dishes.
My Grandma Lizette prepared a lot of German dishes that my dad made as well; making it warm reminded me a bit of his other favorite, Warm German Potato Salad. It had been a LONG time but seemed perfect for Lauren’s needs.
Let’s call this Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing my updated version of that creation. I’m certain my Dad did not use either balsamic vinegar or Ancho Chili powder then but I thought they added a nice ooomph to the dish. When Lauren took this dish to feed friends?
It was a huge hit and I had to PROMISE to get this recipe on my blog for them; the best music a cook’s ears ever hears.
Fast forward 5+ years and I realize everyone was happy but 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. When we made this for Lauren and her friends, she 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 make it with just one color, double the recipe, or use the other halves to make a cold slaw as well; this Apple and Poppyseed Slaw with a Honey Mustard Dressing is my favorite for that type of slaw.
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.
Of course there is the bacon…isn’t everything better with bacon?
Truth? It is so not pretty. Do you know how hard it is to photograph some foods; especially brownish, cabbage like foods? Because seriously this Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing is not an attractive dish; it’s just a yummy one. I threw in some gratuitous peas for the photo to help with color but on this one you’ll just have to trust me!
One thing I love about this Coleslaw for events is it’s portability…no mayo means no risk of spoilage so it’s perfect to bring to a picnic or barbecue.
Join myself and the rest of the Food Network’s blogger crew for some great recipes to make fabulous slaw dishes this summer. Join us each week for our #SummerSoiree and be sure to visit our Pinterest board too.
Feed Me Phoebe: Asian Braised Cabbage Slaw with Black Rice and Arugula
The Heritage Cook: Gluten-Free Red and Green Slaw
Creative Culinary: Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing (You’re Here!)
Healthy Eats: 7 Healthy Slaws for Every Palate
Virtually Homemade: Easy Asian Slaw with Roasted Chicken
Napa Farmhouse 1885: The Best Slaw Recipes
Taste with the Eyes: Fancy Fennel and Cabbage Slaw with Bacon, Egg, Peas
The Cultural Dish: Mac Nut Slaw (Hawaiian Cole Slaw)
Weelicious: Asian Slaw
Homemade Delish: Jalapeno and Peach Slaw
The Mom 100: Creamy Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw
FN Dish: It’s Slaw Good: 6 Must-Make Summertime Slaws
My other personal favorite if it’s a cold slaw that you want? This Apple and Poppy Coleslaw with Honey Mustard Dressing! Need a dessert? Not really German but I thought it was until I was an adult…these German Chocolate Brownies. All the great flavor of German Chocolate Cake but SO much easier to make!
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Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing
- 1 head Cabbage I used 2 small heads of green and purple
- ½ pound bacon
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1-2 teaspoons Ancho Chili Powder optional…or to taste
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Slice cabbage into 1/4-1/2″ strips. We used 6mm blade on the Cuisinart. Put into bowl.
- Cut bacon into pieces and put into a large pot. Cook until fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to crisp up.
- Add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add chopped garlic and saute until onions are soft but not caramelized, approximately 3 more minutes.
- 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.
- Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.