Sunday, October 7, 2012

Beet Slaw from the Old Country

(Guest post from Kristy...)

I just got back into the USA, so what's the first thing I see after logging in to check up on Vegan MoFo, but an Iron Chef Beet Root Challenge that suddenly sends me right back to Eastern Europe for inspiration.  To recreate some of the flavors from my vacation, I pulled out some cabbage, caraway seeds (the ones that make rye bread taste like rye bread), vinegar, and vegan bouillon, and the key ingredient: beet root, for a jazzed up slaw.

beet slaw ingredients
 Here's what I did:

2 cups green cabbage, very thinly sliced
   Cover cabbage shreds with boiling water then immediately drain in colander.)

1/8 c. cider vinegar
1/8 c. hot water + 1/2 tsp. better-than-bouillon paste 
(or whatever bouillon cube or veggie stock you choose)

   Toss in:
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds, lightly toasted in a dry pan
1 small beet (raw), scrubbed, trimmed and grated on a box cutter

It's a beautiful combination of red and green -- not quite uniformly pink, but with a little more tossing, after a rest in the refrigerator, it will get there. It would probably look stellar if I'd kept some of the green slaw separate, in order to plate it in stripes. 

The quick hot water bath softens the cabbage, though it retains a little crunch, and the beet adds color and a lovely sweetness. Though I'm using vinegar here, it's not enough to put this anywhere near sauerkraut territory; and the bouillon and caraway give the dish a depth and richness. This was delicious in a salad bowl, but the leftovers are ideal to garnish a potato pancake.

Oh, yum.  This is like being back on the other side of the world, for a taste of Prague, or, as they translated on a banner at the street festival I stumbled upon accidentally last week: "Thus Tastes Prague."


  1. That last shot of the potato pancakes with the slaw looks so good! Healthy comfort food at its best!

  2. Thanks, Mandee! Probably would be healthier if I'd baked them, but I only used a little oil to pan fry... so yummy, though. I had to force myself to save some for the next day.

  3. This looks great! I've made a beet salad with green apples that gives it a nice bit of tartness.