“If I have to stir it, it’s homemade.”
This is one of those recipes I found that made me exclaim, “That’s sounds perfect!” and then changed a half dozen things about the recipe. The only thing I didn’t change is the amount of broccoli and bacon.
1 medium broccoli, chopped
1/2 pound bacon
4 ounces cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1/2 cup mayo
1 T vinegar
1 T granular Splenda
Prepare the bacon in the oven as instructed in the post, Oven Bacon, which appeared about two weeks ago. It’s just the best way to make bacon!
While the bacon is getting lovely in the oven, wash and chop the broccoli into little pieces. I did not use the stems, but rather put them into the fridge for later use. Right. In the recipe I found the broccoli was used raw. My sweet, intelligent husband and I agreed that it could have used a little time in a hot bath. Just enough cooking time to make it al dente. Do that if your teeth are also as old as dirt.
Drain and cool the broccoli. Like put it into the freezer for a minute while you whip up the dressing.
The original recipe called for a cup of mayo. OMGoodness. That seemed like too much so I went somewhere between 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Added the tablespoon of Splenda and vinegar and mixed. This took about a minute.
Then, I mixed the dressing with the cheese and broccoli and arranged it carefully in a bowl. Lastly, I took the bacon strips, which had been out of the oven and draining on paper towels, and cut them into chunks with a scissors.
This is the important part. When a recipe calls for bacon, if at all possible, put all the bacon on top of the other ingredients. It’s a great finishing touch!
Note: There’s one more thing I’m going to change the next time I make this salad. I’m going to put the broccoli in my Ninja chopper and make the pieces rather tiny. Then I’m going to mix in the other ingredients except the bacon, scoop some onto a small nest of lettuce, and top with some bacon. However, this is not a mandate. You’re an adult and can do whatever you want to do with your salads. You’re welcome!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.