Lt. Greg's Fireman's Slaw
Any and Every Family Dinner
Getting Started with the Slaw
This is a non-traditional, non-southern coleslaw and is best served with fish, pork, or chicken tacos. My younger brother, Lieutenant Greg, learned how to make this from a fellow fireman and our entire family thanks them both.
Now this is a recipe that is not at all precise, so to make this, you have to be one of those people who like to taste what they are working on constantly. If you need clear and detailed directions, this recipe will make you crazy.
Which is really too bad because it is great! And I love traditional southern coleslaw, but I also love this.
Lieutenant Greg in the Kitchen at Home
Fireman's Slaw Ingredients
So here is what you need:
1 medium head of green cabbage
1 medium sweet red onion (a yellow will do if you prefer)
5 ripe plum tomatoes
1-2 :mild" jalapenos (depends on the heat your family likes)
1-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
3-5 tablespoons of your favorite mayonnaise
juice of 3 limes
2-4 tablespoons of sugar
vinegar to taste add a tablespoon at a time until it is just right)
salt and pepper to taste
Lt. Greg's Older Brother, a Great Cook
The Rest of the Casual Feast
Now cover the bowl of slaw and put it in your refrigerator. Now get the rest of the ingredients ready. To serve six people you will also need 2 cans of seasoned black beans (drain excess liquid and heat through), 2 packages of small corn or flour tortillas (we like both, warm them in the microwave, wrap them in a dish towel and aluminum foil, bring to table piping hot), small bowls of diced jalapeno and onion for those who can handle extra heat), and enough fish (salmon and tilapia are both great), pork, and chicken to feed a hungry family (we grilled all three and had plenty of leftovers), a cool and refreshing fruit salad is a great accompaniment.
Family and Friends Making Music
Everyone Knows How to Grill
Don't expect me to tell you how to grill the proteins (fish, pork, chicken). That is your responsibility. If you aren't a grill master find someone in your family who is.
After the fish and meat are done, quickly slice them up into medium sized chunks and slivers. Keep them warm and bring to the table where the rest of the food and the family are waiting.
My Three Sons Love Fish Tacos
Finally, Time to Eat
You go first, so you family or guests will know what to do. Take two tortillas in your hand. Spoon in a little coleslaw, add fish, pork or chicken, a little more coleslaw and extra heat if you like it that way.
Next spoon black beans and fruit salad on to your plate. Thank your Heavenly Father for the food you are about to enjoy. Try to wait for everyone else...you really can't though. Take a bite of that simultaneously warm and cold Taco. Scrumptious! :)
Lt. Greg's Children Love Fish Tacos
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