Growing up our family went through lots of a lot if cabbage. Whether it was coleslaw, pepper cabbage, halushkie, stuffed cabbage rolls, cabbage soup even steamed cabbage and many many more ideas.
Pepper cabbage is a sweet and sour slaw. Locally, most of the Cole Slaws are the creamy mayonnaise based ones. Pepper cabbage is a pickled cabbage. This is great in the summer time if you are worried about warm temperatures causing the mayo to go bad. I just love this sweet pickled cabbage recipe.
Mom would spend a lot of time using a plunger type food chopper. You can see a picture here. Gosh small piece of cabbage were cut up and you pounded the cabbage a bunch of time by depressing the plunger quickly. It took a while to get enough done to make the dish. We even chopped onions, peppers, carrots and more with it. Us kids would take turns taking our frustration out. Wack-a-mole with the food chopper. But not more with all this manual labor. I have found that using the holes on a box grater does the job much quicker though the cabbage piece may be a little bigger and some may need to be manually chopped. Alternatively, you can use a food processor and pulse it several times until the cabbage pieces are the desired size.
Ingredients used in Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage Recipe
Vegetable should be chopped into small dices or pulsed in a food processor. Traditionally Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage consists of small pieces as opposed to traditional Cole Slaw which is larger shredding pieces.
Vegetables Ingredients for Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage
Cabbage – 1/2 medium head – finely diced
Celery – 2 to 3 ribs, finely diced
Carrots – 1 medium to large shredded
Pepper – 1 either green or red, finely diced
Optional – Onion finely diced. (I do not use)
Cabbage, Red Bell Pepper, Carrot and Celery(missing) for use in making Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage.
Dressing Ingredients for Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage Recipe
Vinegar – distilled white or apple cider or red wine.
Pepper (optional) I like white ground pepper.
Celery Seeds (optional) – gives that added crunch.
Mustard Seeds (optional)
Dressing ingredients include salt, white vinegar, water, white pepper and sugar.
How to make Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage Recipe
Prepare the vegetables and set aside in a bowl.
Vegetable ingredients for PA Dutch Pepper Cabbage have been chopped awaiting dressing.
Dressing – in a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Pour dressing mixture over the prepared vegetables and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Dressing added to vegetables for PA Dutch Pepper Cabbage.
Cover and refrigerate a few hours for the flavors to meld and the cabbage to pickle.
Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage.
Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage Recipe
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Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage is a pickled cabbage slaw. Traditionally the cabbage is ingredients are finely chopped compared to a creamy cole slaw where the cabbage is traditionally shredded.
1teaspoonCelery Seedoptional (2-1/2 grams or 0.09 ounces by weight or 5 mLs)
1teaspoonmustard seedoptional (3.1 grams or 0.11 ounces or 5 mLs)
Prepare vegetables and place in a mixing bowl.
Dressing: Mix the dressing ingredients in a bowl and stir with a whisk to dissolve the sugar.
Once mixed well, pour over the vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate several hours for the vegetables to pickle and flavors to meld.
Note 1: Peppers - a mixture of different colors may be used. Some people swear by using just green, others just red and still others use a mixture of colors. The choice is yours since this well be your creation.
Note 2: Vinegar - White distilled vinegar maybe be used or you can substitute a vinegar of your choice such as apple cider or red wine. Both make for tasty substitutes. Sure it will change the flavor slightly but I am sure you will have your favorite after trying them all out.
Note 3: Optional Ingredients - The celery seed and mustard seeds are optional. If you want to spice up this recipe add some crushed red pepper flakes (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.) Other optional ingredients some people add is chopped onion (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
Note 4: Salt and Pepper - Once mixed well, pour over the vegetables and mix well.I have seen recipes all over the place with the amount of salt used. I do not use much salt since I am on a salt restricted diet and have gotten used to my foods not have much salt. Feel free to add more to your taste. Pepper is also optional, you can use black pepper in place of the white pepper. The reason I like the white pepper is it eliminate the black specks you might see in the salad.