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eterprincess 03-11-2013 10:32 AM

crack slaw thou art my friend
So last night I got adventurous, and decided to track down and make this "crack slaw" i hear people talking about. Used Genaw's recipe for hamburger and cabbage stir fry with ground beef, cabbage, mushrooms, soy sauce and sesame oil..

Where has this been before? Wow. I did not expect it to be quite as tasty, but the sesame oil packs a nice flavor into it. Now I see why its called "crack" lol.

moniruth 03-11-2013 10:36 AM

Sounds yum! I love sesame oil, are we allowed to have soy sauce? Or just tamari? I actually wasn't using it at all and miss it. Thanks for this recipe idea!

eterprincess 03-11-2013 11:01 AM

there is about 2 tbs in the total recipe, I think its listed as having 4.5 grams of carbs (net) per serving. HAMBURGER CABBAGE STIR-FRY - Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes

abitobeef 03-12-2013 03:10 PM

Best recipe ever. I eat it about twice a week. Try some hot sauce in it.

Ntombi 03-13-2013 05:34 AM

You know, I've been making a version of this for years and years, just came up with it one day, and it was several years before I realized that the "crack slaw" that people talked about here was the same thing I'd been cooking since long before I started Atkins. :laugh:

Yes, soy sauce is allowed on induction.

DairyQueen 03-13-2013 10:24 AM

i've always been confused about crack slaw. I mean, it's sliced cabbage, sauteed, and with hamburger meat, or whatever you have on hand? throw in some red peppers maybe, for color? But are people enamored of it because they've never had fried or sauteed cabbage before? please tell me!

Ntombi 03-14-2013 05:38 PM

I don't know either. It's just a good dish, but it's amazingly amazing to me.

Ntombi 03-15-2013 12:23 PM


Originally Posted by Ntombi (Post 16316571)
I don't know either. It's just a good dish, but it's amazingly amazing to me.

:doh: it's NOT amazingly amazing to me.

indigocrush 03-15-2013 03:09 PM

I'm going to make this tonight for dinner. Can't wait to try it! :clap:

eterprincess 03-18-2013 04:32 PM

It's good, it's not an omg zomg best thing ever. I grew up on cabbage, sautéed, steamed, raw, boiled with salt pork, so I like cabbage. For me it was an easy I make dish I could take with me to work, had meat and veggies combined, and was tasty

Shrinkingviolet 03-19-2013 07:32 AM

I might give this a go, sounds interesting and I'm sucked in by the notion that I can casually tell people I had crack slaw for supper ;) I do love fried cabbage though, especially with crispy bacon and a little bit of onion. Also love kale chips. Nom nom nom :)

DairyQueen 03-19-2013 01:43 PM

mmmm - i'm part hungarian, part german and part irish, so a love of cabbage is in my genes! I've got one at home - fried cabbage with bacon sounds terrific-- and my hungarian grandmother used to make something that was fried cabbage but also a little sweet? i'll have to look that up....then there's stuffed cabbage and cabbage soup....

Shrinkingviolet 03-19-2013 02:57 PM

Stuffed cabbage!!! :)

Ntombi 03-19-2013 07:26 PM

I'm not a fan of stuffed cabbage, but cabbage is one of my staple veggies. I love it!

pawleys14 03-25-2013 11:47 AM


pawleys14 03-25-2013 05:41 PM

OMG - just had this for dinner.... I am in love...LOL... it was sooooo good.....

Shrinkingviolet 03-26-2013 01:41 AM

I wanted to try it last night and got excited, then realised too late that I used up all my frozen minced beef on a shepherd's pie. Bah! :annoyed:

cmcd1070 03-28-2013 01:01 PM

I was going to stirfry shrimp and broccoli but I am going to try THIS for dinner instead! I love fried cabbage and soy sauce =)

moniruth 04-01-2013 10:12 PM

I think I am going to have to succumb to the crack slaw! Only, I can get really bad wind with cabbage!!! :o TMI!

AllieBee 04-02-2013 08:30 AM

I have no idea what makes it so awesome, but I really love crack slaw! I suggest using ground pork (if you can find it) or dice up some shrimp instead of the beef. It tastes like the inside of an egg roll, nom!

Patience 04-02-2013 08:57 AM

Yeah, I think that pork somehow pairs with cabbage better . . . but I am sure I'd snarf down any of these versions . Reminds me of the easiest of all go-to's, sauer kraut. I can't' do it very often but it is great for a change of pace. There's a good rueben casserole recipe floating around her. Ok .. my mind is wandering a bit . . .

jeaniem 09-05-2013 02:55 PM

I made this today and ate two bowls and still did not feel full. I used fatty burger that I drained was that a mistake?

emel 09-07-2013 05:57 AM


Originally Posted by jeaniem (Post 16591712)
I made this today and ate two bowls and still did not feel full. I used fatty burger that I drained was that a mistake?

My recipe calls for browning and draining the ground beef, then adding 2 Tbl sesame oil to the cabbage to cook it. Did you add oil back in?

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
2 Tbl sesame oil (I like half sesame oil half butter)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 green onions, sliced or 1/4 c diced onion
14 oz coleslaw mix or about 1/2 a large head of cabbage
2 Tbl low sodium soy sauce
good dash of crushed red pepper flakes
a few shakes of hot sauce
splenda to taste, I use 1 packet but others use more
a slice or two of fresh ginger root or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
a splash of vinegar, and sometimes it needs a splash or two of water to get the cabbage to cook right.

Remove beef from pan, wipe out pan, cook cabbage about 10 min with the seasonings, adding vinegar or water if it gets dry. Add hamburger in, adjust soy sauce, sometimes wants a little more butter added in or some more hot.

jeaniem 09-07-2013 07:21 AM

Thanks Emel. I'll try butter along with the sesame oil next time.

Aomiel 09-08-2013 06:21 AM

My coleslaw mix says 8.5gm per 1/2 cup of the 'raw' mix...which cooks down to next to nothing. Not sure how this would be filling and still keep the carbs down...particularly when you add other vegies. :confused:

jeaniem 09-09-2013 03:24 PM

I only used cabbage and a little garlic in mine. I had reheated leftovers and added melt butter and a touch of cheese that filled me up.

SkinnyB212 10-06-2013 12:53 PM

Not a good choice for those of us with thyroid issues. Cabbage will actually cause bloating & weight gain!

jeaniem 10-06-2013 01:09 PM

Cabbage is okay as long as it is cooked I think??

Bevvie 10-09-2013 09:26 AM

I tried it with bagged cabbage and wasn't that happy with it. I will try it again with fresh sliced cabbage. We like cooked cabbage here at our house.

LolaGetz 10-17-2013 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by SkinnyB212 (Post 16632766)
Not a good choice for those of us with thyroid issues. Cabbage will actually cause bloating & weight gain!

People who are being treated with Levothyroxine or Synthroid for hypothyroidism should avoid all cruciferous veggies, including cabbage. I think that's because they can somehow interfere with the absorption of your meds.

And people who need to be gluten-free shouldn't eat soy sauce as it contains glutens.

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