Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Friday, October 26, 2018
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe with crunchy panko topping is a favorite casserole for the holidays from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a favorite side in our house, even though technically this is a Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole, because I only had 1 head of broccoli. I had to use the cauliflower in its place, but the kids always know it by Cheesy Broccoli Casserole so we are sticking with the familiar name for sanity's sake. Otherwise they will grill me for the next 30 minutes on what exactly it is I am making and planning to feed them.

And by them I mean mainly Mas because he's taken a sudden interest in trying his best to be a picky eater at the ripe old age of 10, but so far I am still winning the battle. He forgets he has 2 older siblings, and I've already been through this. Like when Lorna was little and told me she didn't like mushrooms. So I would put shiitake mushrooms in soup, and tell her they were calamari. She gobbled them up without a complaint! 



After a few months I told her the truth of my evil ways, and she loved mushrooms ever since. Even LJ who has all these rules around when he will and won't eat cheese devours this one with pleasure. I think he categorizes this in the Macaroni and Cheese family so all is good! 

The kids always put in a request for this side since the broccoli, or broccoli and cauliflower dependent on what's happening in the fridge is covered in glorious velvety cheese sauce, and a crunchy panko topping. And by velvety cheese sauce I'm not talking about that plastic like Velveeta stuff. We are talking homemade deliciousness.

It's all about Sharp Cheddar, and in this case Sharp White Cheddar, because it's what I had in the fridge, but Medium Cheddars A-OK in my book too. Or even better Gruyere, the cheesy goodness possibilities are endless.

I love this dish for the holidays because I can assemble the Cheesy Broccoli Casserole ahead of time omitting the panko topping, until it's ready to be baked.

I strongly suggest you make this one sometime soon! Let me know if you do.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe with the option of cauliflower saute onions from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Melt a 1/4 cup Butter over medium-heat, and add 1/2 cup Finely Diced Onions.

Saute until onions are softened and stir in 1 clove Minced Garlic.

Cook until garlic is fragrant but not brown about 30 seconds.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe add flour to make roux from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour over the top of onions and whisk until well blended.
Cook flour mixture for about a minute.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole cheese sauce recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Slowly whisk in:
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock to prevent lumps
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk.

While whisking bring mixture to a simmer and cook until thickened about 3 minutes.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe for cheese sauce from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Remove from heat and stir in 2 1/2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese or desired cheese until cheese is melted.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Cauliflower covered in homemade cheese sauce recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Butter a 9"x13" baking dish and add 1 large head of Raw Broccoli Florets or 1/2 large head Broccoli Florets and 1/2 a large head Cauliflower Florets.

Pour half of Cheese Sauce over the top.

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole layered with homemade cheese sauce from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Then add remaining large head of Raw Broccoli Florets or half head Broccoli Florets and half head Cauliflower Florets.


Sprinkle 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese, or desired cheese evenly over the top.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe covered with panko is a favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

In a small bowl mix together 1 cup Panko Bread Crumb and 2 tablespoons Melted Butter.

Sprinkle Panko mixture evenly over the top.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Cauliflower and panko topping is a holiday favorite recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Bake Cheesy Broccoli Casserole for 25-30 minutes until veggies are tender and top is lightly browned.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe with homemade cheese sauce is a favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cheesy, crunchy, veggie goodness! The perfect side for any night of the week.

You might also love these other favorite Side Dishes:





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Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe with crunchy panko topping is a favorite casserole for the holidays from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
4.75 out of 5 based on 2 user ratings
prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:

Homemade Cheese Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Butter, Plus Additional For Greasing Pan
  • 1/2 cup Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 3 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese or Gruyere, Grated
Broccoli Casserole
  • 2 large heads Raw Broccoli, Florets or 1 Broccoli and 1 Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, Melted

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9"x13" pan, and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a pan. Sprinkle flour over the top and whisk to coat. Cook flour mixture for about a minute while stirring.
  3. Slowly stir in chicken stock to prevent lumps and then milk. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 1/2 cups Grated Cheese.
  4. Place half of cut broccoli or broccoli/cauliflower mix into buttered pan. Cover with half of cheese sauce. Then repeat with remaining broccoli and cheese sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of grated cheese.
  5. In a small bowl mix together panko bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle panko crumbs evenly over the top of casserole.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until veggies are tender and top is lightly browned.
  7. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
calories
318
fat (grams)
21
carbs (grams)
18
protein (grams)
16
sugar (grams)
5
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Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe with crunchy panko topping is a favorite casserole for the holidays from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe with crunchy panko topping is a favorite casserole for the holidays from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

7 comments

  1. Serena, it has been so long since I have cooked a broccoli casserole. My little man likes his broccoli plain, but I might get him to try your casserole. My hubby will love it!

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  2. Creamy and delicious! Great recipe :)

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  3. Thanks, after over 20 years with my man, he still will NOT eat veggies! Will try this, sounds amazing to me! Most appreciated!

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  4. Thanks, after over 20 years with my man, he still will NOT eat veggies! Will try this, sounds amazing to me! Most appreciated!

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  5. I love how easy this was to make, it's a fantastic recipe. My only change was to add some seasoning to the mixture before I put the cheese in. But this is seriously wonderful!

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  6. My mom used to make this for us for dinner. Its delecious!

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