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Festive Broccoli Casserole

Updated on December 12, 2014

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.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 12-15

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Prepare broccoli according to package directions.
  2. Place broccoli in bottom of baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add mushroom soup, sour cream, celery, onion, pimento & stir together until well blended.
  4. Spread creamy, white mixture on top of broccoli with a spatula.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

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A helpful spatula for spreading the white layer of flavor on top the broccoli.

 

Are you going to try this Festive Broccoli Casserole? Let me know what you think in a comment below . . .

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    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @Merrci: You're welcome. Thanks for visiting!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds good! I'll try it. Thanks for sharing.

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @LauraHofman: You're welcome :) Enjoy!

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @Craftypicks: You're welcome! I know you will like it.

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      Laura Hofman 

      4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      This sounds delicious! I'm planning to bring it to a holiday party next week. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Lori Green 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Making this for Thanksgiving. Thanks!

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      Clairissa 

      4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      sounds awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh my sounds delicious!

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      Mary Crowther 

      4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Sounds delicious for any occasion!

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      pericaluic 

      4 years ago

      Nice

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @marley101 lm: Thank you!

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      marley101 lm 

      4 years ago

      Really Nice :)

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      I'd love to try it. But you know what? I'd have to find a substitute for the sour cream.

      Great lens, I love your background. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lori Green 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is going on my Thanksgiving table!

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @Craftypicks: Nice! I know you will enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family.

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @sousababy: That is so true! Thanks for visiting & the comment :)

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      I do love a good casserole and broccoli and cheese are so satisfying. I love how easy this is to make.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      This looks delicious!!!! I'm going to have to try it Thanks

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks like a delicious way to eat your vegetables! Yum!

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      Lovely!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Oooooo. Sounds yummy!

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      Eileen 

      4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Yummy and festive - like to make this one some time !

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      Lena_Kovadlo 

      4 years ago

      Very interesting recipe. Glad I stumbled upon it. I just might gives this a try soon.

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      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you for visiting & your supportive comment!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love the looks of this Festive Broccoli Casserole. It sure sounds great too. Your background is perfect.

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      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Yes I agree, Christmas morning is not the time to try out something new. Hope you & your family enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

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      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      yum! this sounds perfect for dinner tonight, thanks for sharing!

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Thanks for stopping by!

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @chrisilouwho: You're welcome! Hope it becomes a recipe you will want to make over & over again too! Glad you visited :)

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      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @ecogranny: Hope you enjoy this casserole as much as we do. We miss Aunt Judy, she made many unique contributions to our family in many ways. Thank you for visiting.

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      RoadMonkey 

      4 years ago

      This sounds really nice. I will try it BEFORE Christmas, just so I am not having to rush, trying a new recipe on Christmas morning.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      We love broccoli and red bell peppers and I'm already envisioning this casserole on the table. Thank you for sharing it. I especially loved the story of Aunt Judy.

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      RinchenChodron 

      4 years ago

      Yes, I'm sure this tastes as good as it looks!

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      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @sybil watson: Yes it's very easy to prepare. Thanks for visiting.

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      sybil watson 

      4 years ago

      This looks wonderful and seems easy to prepare - I love the combination of broccoli and cheese.

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR

      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Yes, it is very good! Thanks for visiting :)

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      SteveKaye 

      4 years ago

      This looks really delicious.

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