Sunday, April 13, 2014

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

This is such a hearty dish that I suggest, if you have children and they don't want to eat their veggies, make this dish for them and I guarantee they will scrape their plate clean.  This is a recipe I took from one of my vegetarian cookbooks and change it a little bit to my taste.  This is a family favorite at my home.

Photo by Laura

  • Four boxes of frozen broccoli florets, 10 oz each, coarsely chopped and thawed
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Kraft extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Kraft Italian five cheeses, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted pimientos, diced
  • Kosher sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Canola cooking spray
  • Panko 

Photo by Laura

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, level with a knife.  Place flour and  dry mustard in a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Gradually add milk, broth and whisk until blended.  Cook until thick, about 8 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, add cheeses and Dijon mustard, stir until cheeses are melted.  Add roasted pimiento peppers and broccoli tossing to coat.  
  3. Coat a baking dish with the canola cooking spray and spoon in the broccoli and cheese mixture.
  4. Mix together the Panko and Cheeses and sprinkle evenly over the mixture.  Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the mixture.
  5. Bake until bubbly about 20 minutes, depending on your oven.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving. 
Photo by Laura
All I can say is YUM!  My friends were really impressed with this delicious dish.  Please do make this at home.  Share your thoughts.  

Buon Appetito! 


Aura Palom said...

I could not get enough of this dish! It's warmth, it's crunch, it's mouth-watering taste was overwhelming to my taste buds! If I could, I would eat this every single day, it is just so delicious, especially since it was made by my mom. Thank you mami, you are the absolute best!

Niki Palomino said...
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Niki Palomino said...

Thank you my love. It is for you and because of you. I love you!