Family Favorite Side Dish

When we began discussing the menu for this Thanksgiving, I happened to mention Broccoli Casserole.  “You mean the one with the sour cream and cheddar cheese?”  Yep!  “I love that”.  Around here, it’s usually just steamed broccoli and maybe a bit of butter, but for the Big Day, they’ll be no substitutions!  Cheesy Broccoli Casserole it is!

No Campbell’s soups in this casserole, the simple layers melt together to form a rich and creamy, but natural foil for the still toothsome broccoli spears.  A quick bath in boiling water, then a plunge into a bowl of ice water blanches and shocks the broccoli until bright green and just tender.

Make this dish up to  it’s stint in the oven and you can keep it covered and refrigerated several hours or even overnight as one of those make ahead marvels that will help keep your T-Day dinner on schedule.  Slide the covered casserole into the oven for about 20 minutes, uncover to crisp the topping  and voila!  The perfect side dish!  If taking to a pot luck, be sure to ask ahead if your hostess has oven space to complete the browning process. 

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

2 large heads fresh broccoli, trimmed into small stalks or chopped

butter

1 cup sour cream

1 – 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper

1 cup bread or cracker crumbs

2-4 Tbls grated parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Drop the broccoli stalks into the water and cook for 1-3 minutes or until bright green and barely tender (the broccoli will cook further in the oven).  Drain the broccoli and plunge into a large bowl of ice water.  Once completely cold, drain and pat dry.

Butter a 3 quart casserole dish and arrange the broccoli to fit.  Salt and pepper to taste and dot with about 1 Tbls of butter.  Spread the sour cream over the broccoli, then sprinkle with the shredded cheddar. 

Mix the crumbs, parmesan and about 2 Tbls of melted butter together and sprinkle over the casserole.  Cover with a lid or foil and bake at 375 degrees until bubbly (about 20 minutes).  Uncover and bake until brown, another 5-10 minutes.

Would you like to see this dish made and served?  Click on the feed below and see!

http://www.whas11.com/video/featured-videos/Quick-easy-holiday-side-dishes-from-chef-Mary-Wheatley-72320947.html

 Enjoy!

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