A childhood favorite. Okay, we loved broccoli any way you served it, but this was a lot of fun. You can, of course, serve the "snow" with other veggies, but then it wouldn't be snow, would it? Because snow goes on trees. It's not quite as nummy with raw trees, but still pretty good, so that one's up to you. The broccoli-cooking method works well with most veggies (just adjust acidity and sweetness to taste). You may want to add a pat or two of butter if you're not using snow with it.
When I say "mayonnaise", I mean Best Foods/Hellman's. Use another brand at your own risk. I am not responsible for any resulting implosion of the universe if you use Miracle Whip.
- One head broccoli (or broccoflower)
- 1 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, or fresh lemon juice
- sugar to taste
- salt to taste
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Cut broccoli into florets, preferably large-ish ones with plenty of stem. Cut the sides off the bottom part of the stem, discard the very bottom and sides, and slice, if so desired (they're not trees, but they can be "stumps".)
- Place in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Pour in water and vinegar or lemon juice.
- Sprinkle with sugar and salt to taste. (Don't overdo it; you can always adjust later.)
- Cover with plastic wrap.
- Microwave about 1 minute 15 seconds, or until broccoli is very bright green and just a little soft, but still with all its yummy crunch.
- Remove covering and let cool a bit; trees are good either at room temperature or a little above, but you don't want them to "melt" the snow!
- Mix mayonnaise and sour cream well to make snow.
- Serve trees with snow for dipping, or lay out trees on plate and use a spoon to dab snow on their tops.
This recipe was submitted by ketchupqueen on June 21, 2005.