apple slaw and russian dressing

Apple Slaw and Russian Dressing Hot Dog

People have been combining pork and apple for centuries, and it is still one of the best pairings. This apple slaw and Russian dressing combination for a sausage sizzle combines sweet apple and honey with a slightly hot, creamy dressing called Russian dressing, although it probably has nothing to do with Russia. As with many foodie things, it’s difficult to know when or where the dressing was first mentioned, but it is similar to mayonnaise-based sauces like thousand island or French dressing. It has not been recorded outside of the USA, and was probably just an exotic name given to one of the products of a mayonnaise manufacturer.

Apple Slaw

Crispy and slightly sweet to complement the savoury flavour of a pork sausage in a bun.

1 large apple, peeled and cut into thin sticks
1 cup cabbage, shredded – use red or green or a combination thereof
About 1 carrot to make ½ cup, grated
Handful parsley, chopped

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together for the dressing and pour over the salad ingredients. Carefully mix to combine. Enough for 4 – 6 hot dog rolls.

Russian Dressing

A hot and spicy dressing that can be used for all sorts of foods that require a creamy mayonnaise base.

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh onion
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared or grated fresh horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together to form a dressing and use as a base on the roll, before adding the sausage and the slaw.

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