Thursday, May 15, 2014

Granny Smith Apple Slaw Salad (Throwback Thursday)

 When I was a kid I really loved a fruit called ambarella.  It's a tart fruit that is delicious in a spicy chili, vinegar and salt dressing.  Unfortunately, ambarella does not grow in the United States and I have never seen it in the Asian markets so I had to come up with a closed substitution.  The closest fruit I have found to the tartness of the ambarella fruit is the Granny Smith Apple.  I can eat this entire dish myself (in one sitting) and not share.  Now this may not be everyone's cup of tea. If you are not fond of sour/tart flavors mixed with spicy and tangy flavors you will not be as crazy about this dish as I am.  BUT if you do like to walk on the that "tarty" side.... look out.

4 medium sized firm Granny Smith Apples
2-3 tsp of rice vinegar
red chili powder (to taste) or Cayenne powder
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
lime juice and water to keep apples from browning

 Wash apples and core them.  Slice into match sticks.  Prepare a bowl of cold water with some lime juice to place the sliced apples so they don't brown.

 Drain apples from lime juice and water then dress with red chili powder, salt, black pepper and vinegar. Play with flavors until you have a spicy/tangy/sour flavor that enhances the tartness of the apple.  Eat at room temperature or chilled. Enjoy.

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