In a recent survey,* 79 percent of Americans admitted to enjoying side dishes more than the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Hardly a surprising result, certainly, as it's hard to compete with the smorgasboard chorus of stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, etc., etc. In addition to the aforementioned standard sides, many families serve an outlier dish that has come to be a holiday tradition for one reason or another.
Photo by Joanna O'Leary Broccoli Puff
If in your family that dish is ambrosia, my deepest sympathies.
For the O'Leary clan, that outlier dish is Broccoli Puff, first introduced to the family by our beloved matriarch Margaret Berkeley O'Leary (1913-2014; yes, she lived to be 100, folks). Broccoli Puff is not a particularly novel or sophisticated dish and its main ingredients (cheese, cream of mushroom soup, broccoli) probably make it extremely similar to a dozen-odd other mid-Western casseroles of different names.
But that is neither here nor there because Broccoli Puff is damn good as well as amazing way to incorporate cruciferous vegetables (and mayonnaise!) into your Thanksgiving feast.
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