Festive Broccoli Casserole
Although our family enjoys this recipe any time of the year, it is especially good to accompany the Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey during the holiday season. It adds a festive, appealing appearance for Christmas in particular. But the addictive flavor is the best part and with just one taste, most will be hooked, wanting more—maybe even to the point of choosing to add this tempting, tasty dish to their own annual holiday menu.
This sumptuous casserole begins with “little green trees” of broccoli. The rich green color is then blanketed with a snowy, white layer of tangy, crunchy, savory goodness sprinkled with tiny red accents. Next the entire casserole is deeply covered with golden cheese and finally baked to beautiful perfection. The fabulous mixture introduces a taste that renders one totally unaware of the “good for you” vegetable present as the main ingredient! This eye-appealing dish produces a fabulous feast of flavors that coordinate deliciously.
Family History of the Broccoli Casserole
Over forty years ago this recipe was introduced to our family by my uncle’s wife, Aunt Judy. Our family had a routine, traditional family menu for Thanksgiving and Christmas created by my grandmother. When Aunt Judy joined our family, she tried many recipes to add her own personal touch to that tried and true menu and my grandmother welcomed Aunt Judy’s input. After introducing many new recipes, and even trying to alter some of the existing favorites which by the way never worked, this broccoli recipe stuck and became an integral part of our holiday meals. It is definitely missed if it fails to make the menu. Aunt Judy passed away over six years ago but one of the ways we still remember her is with a festive broccoli casserole on our annual Christmas menu.
- Festive Broccoli Casserole:
- 20 oz package Broccoli Baby Florets
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 can mushroom soup
- 1 small jar pimento
- 1 lb shredded cheddar cheese
- Prepare broccoli according to package directions.
- Place broccoli in bottom of baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, add mushroom soup, sour cream, celery, onion, pimento & stir together until well blended.
- Spread creamy, white mixture on top of broccoli with a spatula.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
This is the perfect color baking dish to present a sumptuous Festive Broccoli Casserole.
A helpful spatula for spreading the white layer of flavor on top the broccoli.