Before we start let me once again tell you that if you haven’t tried applewood smoked anything from Neuske’s then you’re just missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. That’s all I have to say about that.
No need to share process shots because…well…there aren’t any. There’s simply a bunch of ingredients to pile into a large bowl. This is also where I share with you a little bit about myself, namely that I’m a major morning person. Like 4:30am is a normal wake-up time for me. The reason I tell you this is because I woke up early this particular morning at the lake house, assembled the ingredients and patiently waited for the sun to come up so the light was perfect to take pretty pretty pictures of ingredients. Then this happened…
And this… Gah! Quintin discovered the ingredients and no matter what I did, he wouldn’t stay away from them. I am most decidedly NOT a fan of the cat on the counter but once he sets his mind to something there’s no stopping him. So I had to quickly finish the recipe before he started to dig right in. Ah life. It happens.
Mix 1 cup mayonnaise (Lorraine’s recipe specifically says Hellman’s but I can’t imagine it’s any different than any other mayonnaise, eh? The point here is NO MIRACLE WHIP.), 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons vinegar. I used white wine vinegar, Grandma prefers apple cider vinegar and Aunt Merri likes champagne vinegar. Different strokes, different folks.
Mix until smooth, then pour over all the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until all ingredients are coated.
Refrigerate for at least an hour, longer if possible. Those flavors, they need to date a little bit until they’re ready to marry.
But once they marry, they’re a perfect match. You have to try it!
Creamy Broccoli Salad
1 bunch of broccoli, cut small
1/2 lb. bacon, fried & crumbled
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
1 cup mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar of choice
In a large bowl mix broccoli, bacon, sunflower seeds, onion & raisins. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Mix until well blended. Stir mayonnaise mixture into ingredients, making sure that everything is well coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.