Every holiday needs a tried and true side dish. The problem with many side dishes during the holidays is the health-factor. Many people throw caution to the wind and eat rich, creamy foods that they normally would attempt to stay away from during the holiday season. Placing a steaming bowl of broccoli on the table will likely result in limp, cold, unwanted vegetable mush.
This recipe for Broccoli Casserole is a staple fixture in a holiday meal. You can mix up the recipe by trying various cream of soups (celery, chicken, etc). Otherwise, you can just use this recipe as is and quit yer bitchen.
Using fresh or frozen, cook the broccoli over medium heat until softened. The broccoli should still have a *snap* after heating it; make sure to not over-cook the broccoli.
Take the broccoli off the stove top and place it into an ice-cold bath. Brr!
Collect your ingredients for the inside of the casserole. As you can see, this recipe doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients and most can be purchased for under $1.00. Tropical cheese is not needed, I just buy it because I’m exotic and spicy. And it’s the cheapest shredded Cheddar at the store.
Over medium heat, mix eggs, butter, cheese, and cream of mushroom soup. Some broccoli casserole recipes call for mayonnaise but I just double the cream of mushroom soup. Mayonnaise is the devil’s work, in my opinion… the mere texture of it is enough to make me dry heave.
Drain the cold water from the broccoli and lay at the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Pour the hot, creamy mixture over the broccoli and spread evenly. Last, crumble a sleeve of Ritz and top the casserole with the broken crackers.
Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and take out when the Ritz crackers have slightly browned. Get ready to fill your face with creamy, rich broccoli casserole.
Enjoy alongside your entire holiday dinner!
– 1 pound broccoli, cut into pieces (frozen or fresh)
– 2 (10.75 oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup
– 2 large eggs
– 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
– 1 stick salted butter
– 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
– Salt and pepper
1. Lightly cook the broccoli in a pan over medium heat. Be careful not to over-cook; the vegetable should be softened, but still hold a snap if broken.
2. Take the broccoli off the stove top and place into an ice-cold bath.
3. Over medium heat on the stove top mix eggs, butter, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep the ingredients over heat until they are melted and blended.
4. In a large pan, lay the broccoli on the bottom and spread the cheese mixture over the top. Spread evenly.
5. Crumble and spread the Ritz crackers over the top of the casserole.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the crackers are browned.