Murphy’s Slaw Original Recipe by Zach Power Inspired by John Murphy, character of the television series The 100, as portrayed by actor Richard Harmon. Like a cockroach after a nuclear bomb explodes, most of the ingredients in Murphy’s Slaw (if not all of them) should usually survive any raids on your kitchen and refrigeration unit, making this a viable lunch or dinner option for “end of days” pantry survivalism… as long as you’ve got the cabbage! Murphy’s Slaw looks and tastes like no other slaw—ever, in the history of existence—and it may not even technically be classified as a slaw. It is designed for versatility, adaptability (hot or cold consumption), and makes pretty tasty use of some of the most unlikely ingredient combinations. The texture and flavor profiles are satisfying, combining crunchy with cheesy, soft noodles with sweet and hot spice. Really, it tastes nothing like traditional coleslaw (very far from it in most respects, actually)… So there ya go.
RECIPE WITH INGREDIENTS, PORTIONS, AND INSTRUCTIONSPrep Time: 30 Minutes Cooking Time: 40-45 Minutes 1st Part:
- Boil 2 1/2C Water to cook Macaroni. Drain. Return cooked Macaroni to the saucepan, add Butter. Stir in Salt, Pepper, and Chili Powder. Remove from heat when Butter has been absorbed by the Macaroni and the seasoning is evenly disbursed.
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F. Chop/dice Onion, Carrots, and Cabbage appropriately. Spread into ungreased Baking Dish (9"x14" is good). Add the Macaroni blend atop the vegetables. Mix the Macaroni blend into the vegetables so that the oils from the Macaroni blend mix with the vegetables prior to cooking them in the oven. Do not yet place baking dish into oven.
- Sprinkle the Shredded Cheese evenly across the top of the Macaroni/Slaw Vegetables inside the baking dish. Sprinkle on the Parsley Flakes and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to your content. Loosely cover the dish to "pre-bake" the combined ingredients for 18-20 minutes, or long enough to notice the cheese topping has begun to melt and the vegetables have begun to cook away their raw crispness.
- While the dish is pre-baking:
Bring 1C water to near boil, add Eggs. Gently break the yolks and slowly stir the egg yolks into the egg whites with a swirling figure-eight movement. Do not spend more than about 30 seconds stirring the eggs. Reduce cooking temperature to simmer and add Granulated Sugar and Mayonnaise. Carefully use a wire whisk to combine the eggs, water, and sugar and mayonnaise. Whisk the mixture until the consistency is on the verge of a froth. Add the Curry Powder. Mix the sauce together and prepare to add it to the main baking dish.
After the 18-20 minutes, remove the baking dish and pour the Sauce Mix over the dish. Lightly spread the sauce mix atop the vegetable/macaroni dish evenly, so as to not disturb the layer of cheese too much.
Optional: add another pinch of Salt and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, sprinkled evenly over the top of everything.
Return dish to oven, with covering. Bake 20-24 minutes.
“Murphy’s Slaw” List of Ingredients, as explained in a Murphy-esque perspective and tone are as follows:Macaroni Pasta… No cheese mix necessary, but odds are you’ve got some of this lying around. Butter (or suitable substitute)… Work with what you’ve got! Salt & Pepper… It’s only natural. Chili Powder… Because it works, that’s why. Onions, chopped… Not too much, and don’t chop too finely. Onions are well-known to cause tears due to overexposure and it may be imperative to not show unnecessary emotion. Carrots, small diced… To help blend in amongst the other slaws. There’s something about carrots in slaws. Cabbage Leaf Shreds… It’s slaw. Shredded Cheese (whichever variety you see fit)… It’s hard to imagine macaroni without thinking of cheese, too. Parsley Flakes… For a little green. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes… It wouldn’t be any fun to go through the apocalypse once or twice without throwing in a little spice. Poached Eggs, whipped into the water with Granulated Sugar… Because you’d never see it coming. Mayonnaise… It’s slaw. Curry Powder… For the only known woman John Murphy would die for: His Love, Emori.