Yesterday day I thought we had a sure-fire winner of a recipe to post: homemade Twix bars. There was a gorgeous photo with it and a mouth-watering recipe. But, according to the under-the-hood site statistics that I am constantly monitoring it only did so-so with readers. I guess I let my own infatuation with Twix bars color my judgment. I've got a gazillion Amish and Mennonite recipes and I'm always trying to select the ones to post which I think you'll like most. Trying to guess which recipes will "push your buttons" in a good way is such an inexact science. Recipes that I think will go off like gangbusters seem to fizzle, ones that I don't think will do so well go viral. A recipe I posted last fall for caramel wrapped pretzels was a huge traffic generator. I thought it would just put up modest numbers.
A recipe I posted several weeks ago for "hot chocolate cookies" which I thought would be a monster hit fizzled online. Who couldn't like a chocolate-infused marshmallow-topped cookie?
And while I'm often focused on chocolate confections, gooey breads, or hearty casseroles, a recipe success that completely caught me off guard: Beautiful Broccoli Salad. That's a DELICIOUS recipe given to me by an Amish woman in Navarre, Ohio. It really is a great salad, melding fresh summer flavors swimming in a sweet dressing. YUM. The bacon added gives the salad a sweet crunch also. It really is a near-perfect combination of flavors and textures. But usually salads don't put up huge numbers. But the broccoli salad went viral. My wife shot the photo and soon it was showing up in our Facebook newsfeeds from random people, on random recipe sites (most without attribution, some even with misplaced credit, so now you see most of our photos watermarked). I doubt either of us thought this simple shot of the salad and this recipe would become our number 1 recipe on Amish365.com
Now I just need to find one to beat it, it isn't Twix bars! Okay, just in time for Easter,here is that Beautiful Broccoli Salad recipe!
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Combine the chopped broccoli and cauliflower in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, and salt to make a creamy dressing.
- Add the dressing to the broccoli–cauliflower mix, stirring to evenly coat the vegetables.
- Stir in the bacon and the cheese, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top of the salad just before serving.