Broccoli Casserole Recipes

Broccoli Casserole Recipes are one of the few recipes with greens that seems to have universal appeal to children, and are great for introducing broccoli to your child early on. Toddlers are often happy to identify and pick up broccoli "trees". A little girl I know, calls them Christmas trees. She is not far off since the name "broccoli" originates from "brachium" meaning branch.

Recipes for broccoli casseroles are family-friendly. Take broccoli cheese casserole, kids love a cheese sauce, so do adults! In 2008, children voted broccoli as their 3rd most favorite vegetable. Add broccoli florets to your cheese casserole and you have a healthy base. Then, once the taste has been established, variations can be introduced: turn a rice casserole into a broccoli rice casserole.

Spice it Up

Often the taste of another food can mask the taste of broccoli... not that broccoli tastes horrid, as vegetables go. It's just that broccoli is a little bland and very few kids would eat it on its own, nor would many adults! But a lot of different flavors go well with broccoli: Cheese, chicken, beef, turkey, rice and pasta to name a few. With broccoli casseroles, you can "spice it up" with an additions scheme. If your kids love rice, go for broccoli rice casserole. Cheese? Make the first broccoli casserole they try loaded with cheese. You can reduce the amount of cheese slightly each time you cook it to make it healthier and healthier.

Switch it Up

A friend of mine started a "Switch it up" theme, in order to save thinking time. For example, switch a turkey broccoli casserole recipe for chicken broccoli casserole, and so on. This is also a good way to make the most of a much loved healthy recipe base and introduce variety at meal time.

How to cook broccoli for a casserole?

Texture plays an important role in kids' food likes and dislikes. Your family might like florets "firm" or "mushy", so you need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

The cooking process has a deep impact on the nutrients beneficial to a child's diet. Steaming is better than boiling. Boil broccoli and a lot of its color and half of its vitamins will be lost to the water.

Both florets and stalk can be used despite a tendency to use only florets. If you use the stalk, the little leaves and the end need to go. Once this is done, I often peel the outer layer and cut the stalk into small chunks as it can be a bit tough otherwise.

Here are some reasons why using broccoli in your child diet is healthy:

  • Weight for weight, broccoli contains more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that protects against viral infections such as cold.
  • Broccoli is a good source of iron: thanks to its vitamin K which helps the blood to clot, great to close these cuts.
  • Broccoli is packed with immune-boosting nutrients and is excellent source of sulphur compounds believed to protect against cancer.

So introduce broccoli to your kids right away, if you haven't already (or try again) with our recommended broccoli casserole recipes.


While most broccoli casseroles use frozen broccoli, we like this one best since it starts with fresh broccoli.

Fresh Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 heads fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (American or your choice)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups crushed, seasoned croutons

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  3. Add broccoli and boil for 1 minute. Drain, and set aside.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the cheese, cream of mushroom soup, salt, and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted. Add the broccoli, stirring to coat.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  6. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Mix in the croutons, and sprinkle over the broccoli mixture.
  7. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the topping is browned and broccoli is tender.

Serves 10


Easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 3 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 dash paprika

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together condensed soup, mayonnaise, egg and onions.
  3. Place frozen broccoli into a very large mixing bowl. (I like to use my large stainless steel bowl to mix this recipe thoroughly.) Break up the frozen broccoli. Using a rubber spatula, scrape soup-mayonnaise mixture on top of broccoli, and mix well. Sprinkle on cheese, and mix well. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish, and smooth top of casserole. Season with salt, pepper and paprika.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Serves 8


Have a Broccoli Casserole Recipe?

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