Fellow Food Blogger, Christianna, picked up one such book about a year ago and was inspired to challenge other foodies to recreate these recipes. So once each month we all eagerly await the email with an image from the old book telling us what the new dish is. Or, what it was. It's our job to put our own spin on it.
Hot Slaw is this months winning recipe; so many options with this. I have a page full of ideas. The hot dressing intrigued me the most, but I wanted to lighten it up. The versatility of cabbage makes it one of my favorites. The idea of this hot, tender cabbage with a creamy dressing pulled me in the direction of a creamy, caramelized soup. Simple, easy and could be recreated to be lighter on the hips.
Cookbooks aren't just for cooking anymore, but they used to be! And this Fat and Happy Hot Slaw Soup will help you momentarily relive those days of lore.
Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: One of the greatest kitchen tools comes into play in this recipe- the mandolin. It's the simplest way to get super thin, uniform slices. You can use a knife or even a food processor, but the mandolin will do the best job.
Slice each vegetable on the mandolin (or as thin as you can get them using a knife). Heat a medium sized soup pot over medium high heat, add in the olive oil and butter. Add in the sliced onion and fennel, cook about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add in the sliced cabbage, turn the heat to medium and let the mixture continue to cook until it begins to caramelize (turn golden to deep brown), stirring often. Have patience at this point, it could take up to 30 minutes for a good carmelization to happen. Half way through, add in the brown sugar, the jalepeno and the tomato.
Deglaze the pan with the water (simply add in the water, then use a wooden spoon to help scrape off the the tasty bits stuck to the pan.) Now add in the wine, caraway seeds and a pinch or two of salt and pepper to taste. Let this simmer to allow all the flavors to meld, about 5 minutes. If you want as more liquidy soup, add in a bit more water and wine.
Now turn the heat to low and stir in the yogurt. Allow to heat through. Taste for salt and pepper, adjust if needed. Serve with a few crumbles of blue cheese over the top.