Family Broccoli Bake

2015-12-25 12.51.50RECIPE #152, DAY #181

ORIGINAL RECIPE: One that has been passed down in my family for generations, and that I recorded in It’s All Good, a family recipe collection*

TIMING: 1 hour

DIFFICULTY: Easy

TOOLS: Nothing too special

COOK TYPE: Oven, baking

HEALTH: This is one of those recipes that is meant to get the requisite veggies on the table without anyone noticing. In other words, there is more fat and carb here than is reasonable. On the other hand, this is a special-occasion food, so enjoy it along with a salad and some lean meat and whatnot, and just, well, enjoy it.

2015-12-25 12.51.44EXPERIENCE: This casserole has been on the holiday menu in my extended family since the 80s. There is a legend (a true legend–I was there) that my kid-sister auctioned off the last helping–which was rightfully hers–between my uncle and cousin, for good, hard cash. I admit that I get a little tired of it, but no one else seems to so…

I have attempted to make the dish more difficult in the name of scratch-made, over the years. But now that you can find a natural version or 2 of condensed cream of whatever soup (from Health Valley or 365; and also natural croutons or stuffing mix from 365, etc.), just stick with the original recipe, frozen broccoli and all.

It’s a Midwestern classic.

NOTES: I have managed to leave my footprint on the recipe, however, by omitting the butter and lessening the egg. The butter was utterly unnecessary, and the egg overwhelmed the taste of the original, so say I. You could omit the cheese on top and replace with 1/4 cup melted butter.

You can use stuffing mix or broken, flavored crostini in place of the croutons. Look for croutons without MSG, etc.

The photo is of a double recipe.

Enjoy.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a casserole dish, combine 1 lb frozen broccoli, 1 cup grated sharp cheddar, 15 oz condensed cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 beaten egg, and 1 diced onion. Wipe the edges of the dish to clear of spatter.
  3. Top casserole evenly with 1 1/5 cups croutons and another 1 cup grated sharp cheddar.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, until top is crispy and golden.

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Serve on the holiday table with various other sides and entrees.

*Recipe changed from the original.

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