Friday, June 29, 2012

Pot-Luck Cole Slaw

Summer, Family Reunions and 4th of July calls for family and friends getting together for pot-lucks. Strips of paper with hot dogs and buns, side dish, salad and dessert would be folded and put into a bag. Each family would pick a slip of paper to find out what they were going to bring.  You always seem to get the best food at pot-lucks.  Women would fix the dish they were most famous for and recipes were swapped.  No one ever went home hungry and there were never any leftovers.

Pot-lucks also remind me of the late 60's early 70's. Kids running around playing, men playing horse-shoes, women making sure everything is perfect with the meal.  Then in the evening having dessert and sitting back and watching the firework show put on by the volunteer fire department and looking over and seeing that half the kids were asleep.  Sounds like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting however, it is something that I remember.

I just picked my slip of paper and it says "Salad" I'm bringing.....

Pot-Luck Cole Slaw

Salad Fixin's

1 green cabbage, large head
1 red cabbage, 1/2 of a large head
5 large carrots
1 bunch of large radishes
12 strips bacon, cooked and chopped


1 cup  mayonnaise
4 tablespoons shallots, minced
4 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons bacon drippings, cooled but not set up
salt and pepper to taste

Using a food processor grate cabbages, carrots and radishes put in a large bowl.  Add bacon mix together.

Whisk together all dressing ingredients and add to salad fixings, mix well until it's all incorporated. refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Serves 10

How did your family do their pot-lucks?  What are you bringing?

Until Next Time,


  1. Love cole slaw - and I would especially love yours. Pot lucks - I'm usually told to bring my mac & cheese, brownies, desserts.

  2. Thanks for sharing this at Weekend Potluck! I can't WAIT to try this, it looks beautiful, colorful and delish!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons


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