Coleslaw Dressing

Jan 1

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Coleslaw Dressing 

John’s City Diner in Birmingham, Alabama, is a city landmark originally known as John’s Restaurant. John’s is famous for their Original Slaw with their signature special dressing. The cabbage is shredded very fine (angel hair slaw mix works great) and the dressing is generously poured over the top. Birmingham locals have enjoyed eating at John's Restaurant for years and you can find their special dressing in the local markets. This recipe is my adaptation from a number of copycat recipes that are floating around the ‘net and is a good substitute, especially for those of us who cannot find it in our localities. This is a family favorite at our house.

12-oz bottle Chili Sauce (store brands work fine)
1 large Onion, finely grated
1/2 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Mayonnaise (it's OK to add more mayo if you want a creamier dressing)
1 tbsp Tarragon Vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Juice of one Lemon
Pinch Tarragon 
Pinch Paprika
1 cup Water

Mix all ingredients together and puree with an immersion blender or regular blender. Of course if you can finely grate the onions well enough, everything can just be thoroughly mixed together in a mixing bowl; I just like the emulsion from pureeing everything together with a stick blender. Makes approximately one quart and keeps in the fridge for a week or more. Pour generously over finely shredded cabbage (angle hair style) or regular coleslaw mix.

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