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Candy Apple Slaw… fall in a bowl!

Candy Apple Slaw











And just like that, it’s fall!  A few morns have dang near felt like we went from summer right into winter. Time to fire up those pig cookers around here in North Carolina and gather ’round friends and family.

Each month, I create a couple of recipes for Carolina Country Magazine.  The November issue is their annual food issue, so I get to do some extra goodies for that.  The issue will hit mailboxes in the next few days and I’ll be back then to share the recipes I did along with my “How To Host A Pig Pick’n” article.  Till then, I’ll share one of my others… 

Our 2018 NC State Fair has come and gone… and I had fun again judging some of the daily special cooking contests… 3 this year.  Something I think about in fall at fair time is candy apples.  So I threw together this Candy Apple Slaw recipe… which would be great to serve at a pig pick’n… or just on your supper table!  We have dozens of varieties of apples here in North Carolina and some farmers’ markets have rows of them available for tasting before you buy.  So visit your local market and find some shiny red apples for this recipe! 

Enjoy this Candy Apple Slaw… and be sure you’re subscribed to my Table Scraps newsletter… about to re-launch after being asleep for a while! 

Candy Apple Slaw @ Carolina Country Magazine!






Candy Apple Slaw

This sweet and tangy slaw is a tasty, colorful fall side dish. Enjoy the variety of textures … crispy bits of apple along with the chewy cranberries and toasty nuts.

Course: Brunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Farmers Market, Garden Goodies, No Cook, North Carolina Goodies, Southern, Tailgating
Author: Wendy Perry
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • 4 large red apples, diced, not peeled
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed peanut brittle,* opt.
  1. Put cabbage, apples, cranberries, onions, seasonings and half the pecans in a large bowl. Add dressing and stir to coat.
  2. Pour into serving bowl and chill several hours. 
  3. At serving time scatter with remaining pecans; scatter optional peanut brittle to add a delightful candy crunch.
Recipe Notes

*Store bought or your own. 



Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions

Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions en Skillet!

Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions en Skillet!


Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions

What to throw together...

  • bacon drippings
  • thinly sliced cabbage ribbons
  • thinly sliced onion, any kind will do
  • thinly sliced apple, any kind of cooking apple will do
  • couple pinches of brown sugar, optional
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • generous crushed black pepper

How to throw together...

  1. Heat drippings to Medium High. Add in cabbage, onion and apple. Cook, tossing about frequently, until wilted and soft and cabbage and onion start caramelizing (turning a little brown, but not burned). Scatter with brown sugar, salt and pepper. Toss and serve!










Tis that time of year when we start hunkering down inside on chilly fall eves… and for some of us, what amounts to the start of “cooking season”!  I threw together some stuffed pork chops yesterday and just dug around in my fridge to find the perfect side dish to go along with them.  What I found was half a small cabbage, a NC apple (from a bowl full I’m using to create a recipe entry at the State Fair next week) and part of a red onion.  One of my cast iron skillets happened to be sitting on top of the stove from earlier in the day… with a light coating of…. BACON DRIP’ns!  Well that was just the perfect canvas for me to use for this quick and tasty side dish.  This is true “throw cooking” using “nekkid food” at its finest… I do practic what I preach…. my friend Pam came over for supper, and she couldn’t stop eating this stuff…. so here you go!  Throw some together for yourself.  The caramelization of these veggies is just wondermous and is a scrumptious side dish for all sorts of stuff, or just crumble some bacon into this for a simple meal.