Sunday, August 14, 2011

Much Ado about Broccoli

Yes I grow a garden but the big secret is that I really am not a huge vegetable lover.

If I had to pick a favorite it might be broccoli, and for this reason only...it's amazing with bacon.

Really what veggie is not great with it? What food can go wrong with bacon? Well none really. But I happen to know two easy and yummy recipes that are great with broccoli and bacon.

'Tis the season for fresh broccoli and sometimes a plethora that you might not know what to do with. Blanch and freeze the extra and then use the casserole recipe below during the winter months. Make the salad today, you won't be sorry...but find some friends to share it with 'cause you have to show off to someone and besides, the leftovers aren't good.

Broccoli salad, serves 8-12 as a side dish

~ 4 cups broccoli cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup low salt peanuts or other nuts
bacon- 8 ish pieces fried and cut or cut and fried or bacos or smoked salmon (guessing this would work fine)
1/2 cup chopped green onions or red onions or no onion
-I like to make this salad usually the day before so I don't mix any ingredients I just put them into baggies and set them in my bowl 'till it's time to eat, this gets soggy quickly-

dressing
1 cup mayo or Veginaise
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins, crasins, dried apricots (or grapes cut in half but I wouldn't add those to dressing)
2 T vinegar
mix well, chill for about an hour before eating

The first ingredient listed if there are options are normally what I use but I have tried others and are just as good. I think the flavor balance is there if you try the other things.

My favorite cooked broccoli dish:

Broccoli casserole (can use cauliflower)

9x13 pan size about one layer of broccoli or cauliflower, steam veggie 'till almost done, put back into 9x13
Mix up 1 cup mayo and about 2T mustard in a bowl, spread over veggies
Grate cheese to cover
Fry bacon and cut up sprinkle on top (I have used smoked salmon, also very good flavor)
Bake @ 350 for about 20 minutes, take to potluck, your food will be gone first.