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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scotch Bonnet Pineapple Cole Slaw

I found Crazy Gringa Hot Sauce at the Old Market Farmer's Market last season for the first time (they are still a vendor for 2016)... I'm completely in love.  My first purchase was the Jalapeño and small batch Scotch Bonnet - they threw in a couple printed recipes to try and I couldn't wait to test the cole slaw.  I'm a die-hard lover of all things "slaw."  Went straight to the store to collect all the necessary ingredients for the recipe as listed.

Here is their original Scotch Bonnet Recipe un-altered:
16oz Package cole slaw mix 
6 green onions - sliced 
1 small red pepper - diced
3/4 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce
1/2 cup mayo
salt and pepper to taste

*Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

I follow the recipe for the most part.

1 package Cole Slaw Mix
6 sliced green onions - white and green parts
1-2 red small red peppers or green or yellow
1 can pineapple tid bits (juice reserved)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro*

Toss all this together in a large bowl

for the sauce:
1/2 cup mayo
3 tablespoons Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce*
3-4 tablespoons pineapple juice
salt and pepper to taste

Pour over the salad and toss together.  Best if it can sit for a bit but also great immediately.  

Finish with sunflower seeds for crunch! Don't forget this part.

*I've made this completely without cilantro because I forgot it and I've also made it with the cilantro fresh paste (added it to the mayo sauce part) honestly still works both ways. 
*Depending on who's eating this, for me - I take it up a couple notches and add more hot sauce.  I've also made this with the Jalapeño sauce, slightly more mild.  Tastes amazing either way!

This slaw is just a beautiful balance of flavors...spicy sauce, sweet pineapple, crunchy cabbage, and a hint of salty from the seeds.  You will not be disappointed.  Perfect as a side.  I could literally eat an entire bowl of this...well I have before. 


*This hot sauce is available at Hyvee.  I saw it recently, but the Scotch Bonnet was limited small batch so I'm not sure if it's still out anywhere.  I swear the Jalapeño works perfectly!