October 03, 2017
Comfort Food, Casseroles, Side Dishes,
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"I love broccoli, and I love cream cheese, so this is a natural for me! When I was growing up, we always had that broccoli casserole with the rice, cheese, and cream of chicken, mushroom, or celery soup. But I have been trying to avoid the sodium content in the cream of "whatever" soups, and found that this broccoli casserole is really tastey! I've listed topping it with bread crumbs or ritz crackers, whichever is your preference. Do not use both...it is too much breading on top! I've also made this using fresh chopped broccoli and garlic, great either way! I hope you enjoy it!"
Cook broccoli according to directions, or if using fresh broccoli, chop it and cook it. Drain well. Add minced garlic to the broccoli. Place broccoli in a lightly greased 1 quart casserole; set aside.
Melt 2 tbsp butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Add salt and pepper; stir well. Add cream cheese, stirring until smooth.
Pour cream cheese sauce over broccoli in casserole; stir gently to combine. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over low heat; remove from heat and stir in breadcrumbs or ritz crackers. Sprinkle breadcrumb or ritz cracker mixture evenly over casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
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This was a delicious side! I used frozen broccoli and steamed it until it was not quite done. The cream cheese added an interesting flavor note. DH liked it, too. made FYC.
I have made this twice now, first time with cream cheese and second time with goat cheese. Both are so delicious! Used fresh broccoli and steamed until tender crisp which ended up a perfect texture when baked. Will be making this again for sure. Thank you for sharing this repeatable recipe with us! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.