Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In-Law Broccoli Salad

Yep. It's official, I have now been deemed worthy to make my in-laws broccoli salad. Oh, I am so humbled! *Wink*
No, really, this is a recipe that my mother-in-law makes (most of the time - sometimes the dear ol' auntie-in-law makes it, too). I have always enjoyed her broccoli salad, but have never made it myself. Well, now, I am trained. Watch out, y'all!!!

The skillful learnings began this o`ver this past "mega-cake" *ahem* I mean, "mega-party" weekend.
S I D E   N O T E: But to me, now, and to those I hold dear to my heart, Party=Cake (or does Cake=Party? Hmmm...to ponder....).
Well, back to the story. As most parties go, we were in a time crunch. The host was super busy, my mom-in law (maker of the broccoli salad) was enduring a long drive from the upper states to attend the par-tay, AND we were awaiting the arrival of the necessary ingredient-broccoli.  In addition, we also weren't quite sure this dish would be made in time. Well, solution! The mummy-in-law suggested I prep the dressing while we wait for the broccoli. "Well," I paused, "I have never made that before!" She assured me no worries...she would talk me through it.

I did have the help of a couple of taste-testers. I didn't exactly measure....just tasted as I went. It was a success! Even got a compliment. Yipee!!! I will DEFINITELY make this again. Especially since it's an "in-law" recipe. 

Broccoli Salad 
Ingredients (Guesstimate):
2/3 Cup Miracle Whip
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/8 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Diced Red Onion
1/2 Cup Chewy Bacon Bits (i.e. Hormel)
1 1/2 Cups Cheddar Crumbles
2 Heads of Broccoli Florets (aka: No Stems!)

1) Mix first 3 ingredients together
2) Add in Red Onion. Sire
3) Add in Bacon Bits. Stir
4) Set in refridgerator until ready to serve.
5) Right before serving, stir in cheese. Yum! 

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