Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fennel Slaw

We saw this on one of Tyler Florence's episodes, the one about the Ultimate Steak Sandwich, which is not something that either of us would ever make, neither of us liking beef much or at all, but, as a side dish accompaniment, he made this enhanced or Ultimate cole slaw dish. Essentially, he jazzed up normal cole slaw with extra flavourful ingredients, fennel, tarragon and parsley, to give it a better taste. We used dried tarragon, if you use fresh, use 2 tablespoons. Too, we used yoghurt where the recipe originally called for sour cream, either works, I think. It tasted pretty great, though we both thought the fennel would taste stronger, have more of the anise flavour. This enhanced cole slaw would go great as a side dish in a picnic, or with burgers or hot dogs, too. It's a very healthy recipe, too.

Fennel Slaw
adapted from a recipe by Tyler Florence
1 large fennel bulb
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 heaping Tbsp yoghurt
1 bag coleslaw mix
2 tsp dried tarragon
2 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the upper stalks of the fennel. Finely slice fennel using a mandoline, or the grater attachment on your food processor. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, mayonnaise, and yoghurt and stir to combine. Add together the finely sliced fennel and coleslaw mix and herbs. Pour over the yogurt-mayonnaise dressing and the olive oil. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

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