I know one of the many reasons Hubs become fast friends with our Colorado visitor, her maiden name is Bacon. We know how Hubs loves all things Bacon. Bacon’s hubby tells us how he tried in vain to get the “It’s BACON!!!! bacon,bacon,bacon,bacon” sound clip from the Beggin Strips people so he could announce his new bride at their wedding reception. Beggin Strips declined. I’m not sure if that ended up being a good or bad thing for Mr. Bacon-Hubby but I sure wish I’d have seen that if he had pulled it off. That is the sort of thing that current You-Tube sensationalism is made of.
After our failed attempt at “Boat Day” (see Boat Day Beet and Blue Cheese wraps for details) we gamed and noshed from the comfort of our family room. Hubs being the competitive guy he is- taunting seemed to be the go-to appetizer. Hubs and I have a sorted history with board games as neither of us like to lose and things tend to turn ugly rather quickly when we are on opposing sides. Which is why Hubs loves to be competitive with Bacon, because even if she gets mad at him, he won’t have to sleep on the couch. I happily excluded myself from this round but would occasionally hear Hubs shout things like “I fry Bacon for breakfast” after he landed a triple word Scrabble score. Thankfully, Bacon always had something equally snarky to say in return. At the end of the Scrabble App championship Bacon did reign supreme.
As I eyed her across the room and gave her a secret “girls rule” thumbs up, the very least I could do to honor her was make this broccoli salad with her namesake…
Ms. Bacon’s Broccoli Salad
4 cups broccoli chopped into small pieces
8 small carrots shredded (or 3 oz purchased shredded carrot)
3/4 C. golden raisins
5 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 C. mayo (can use low-fat)
1/4 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbl Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
This salad is best made a few hours to a full day in advance to let the flavors meld. In a separate bowl, combine mayo, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Chop brocoli into small pieces and shred carrots in a food processor (or buy-pre-shredded if not in your CSA basket). I like to cook bacon by baking it on a cookie cooling rack over a rimmed cookie sheet in the oven (350 for around 20-25 minutes). Cook in your preferred method and crumble. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Store refrigerated until serving.