Broccoli Casserole

14 Nov

Food has a sentimental effect on me. I just celebrated my wedding anniversary this week, and you better believe I can’t think of my wedding day without thinking about food.

The night before my wedding day, I stayed up late making batch after bath of homemade butter caramels to give out as favors to my wedding guests. Thankfully I had a troupe of workers (a.k.a. select family and friends) to cut and individually wrap them in parchment paper and fold cute, little favor boxes. Needless to say, it was stressful.

And yet, I look back with so much pride and the utmost sentimentality when I think of all those caramels that I made with love.

What do you make that’s chock-full of memories and love?

This is a casserole recipe, and, by golly, casseroles always feel sentimental and homey to me. In honor of Thanksgiving coming up next week, I wanted to share an alternative to that green bean casserole. It’s very similar—but made with broccoli instead of green beans and incredibly easy. It even has those tasty french fried onions on top! Happy casserole baking!

Start by gently steaming or cooking your broccoli.

Mix together the soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, 2/3-cup onions, and 1/2 cup cheese. OK, so it doesn’t look the most appetizing yet. Just give it time!

Combine the cooked broccoli and soup mixture in a casserole dish.

Bake for 25 minutes, then top with remaining cheese and french fried onions. Bake for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

Broccoli Casserole

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 cups uncooked broccoli florets
1 1/3 cups french fried onions, divided
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly steam or cook the broccoli until just barely tender. Mix soup, soy sauce, pepper, 2/3 cup onions, and 1/2 cup cheese together in a bowl. Combine the cooked broccoli and soup mixture together in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove casserole from oven and top with remaining french fried onions and shredded cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Adapted from Home Cooking the Costco Way

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