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Broccoli Cheese Bake

Broccoli Cheese Bake, the creamiest and cheesiest Broccoli Side Dish you will ever eat. Everyone will ask for seconds. A dish you will be making over and over.

broccoli bake in a red baking pan


 

One good thing about the holidays is I can add all the creamy bake dishes I want and just say “Well it’s the holidays”. So that, my friends, is what I am saying and I am sticking to it.

Before I made the biggest decision of my life, which was to get married and move to Italy, my husband spent some time in Toronto, (actually that is where we met) getting to know my family and friends and of course enjoying my Mom’s cooking.

One of his favourite dishes was this Broccoli Casserole. I was never a big broccoli fan but done this way it is easy to become one. Needless to say this is one of many recipes that I took with me to my new country.

How to make Broccoli Cheese Casserole

  • Cook the broccoli florets in boiling water for about 10 minutes, drain well.
  • In a medium large pot over low heat melt the butter, then whisk in the flour and salt, combine until smooth.
  • Then slowly add the milk and continue to whisk until thickened and starts to boil.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.
Broccoli Cheese Bake is a delicious creamy and cheesy baked broccoli side dish perfect for a family dinner or get together.
  • Fold in the cheese and broccoli and gently combine, then add the eggs and combine.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let sit 5 minute before serving!
Broccoli Cheese Bake is a delicious creamy and cheesy baked broccoli side dish perfect for a family dinner or get together.

So whenever my husband would bring home a head or two of broccoli that his wonderful mother would gift us with from her garden this of course was one of the first dishes I would make.

Italians like to steam or boil the broccoli first then sauté it with some olive oil, garlic and salt. This is a delicious way also. But nothing beats baked broccoli.

I know how hard it can be sometimes to get your kids to eat vegetables, especially broccoli, but  done this way my kids  actually love it and look forward to a remake.

More delicious Broccoli Recipes

Can Broccoli Cheese Casserole be prepared ahead of time?

The casserole can be prepared the day ahead, just be sure to cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Just remove from the fridge and bake.

Broccoli cheese casserole in a white baking dish

How to store Broccoli Casserole?

The Broccoli Cheese Casserole should be stored in an airtight container or tightly wrapped and kept in the refrigerator. Stored properly, the casserole will last for three to five days in the fridge.

How to freeze it

If cooked be sure to freeze it when it is completely cooled and cover very well, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe bag or container. You can also freeze it unbaked, again cover tightly, then in a freezer bag, bake it from frozen, although it will need more time to bake.

Is Broccoli good for you?

Broccoli is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants as . Including vitamin C, it is also delicious whether eaten cooked or raw.

You can never go wrong with this delicious creamy baked dish. Tender broccoli in  a delicious white sauce mixed with  the tanginess of swiss cheese which is then all  baked to perfection.

Broccoli cheese bake is also a perfect dish to make for when I have friends or family for dinners, it also makes the perfect side dish for special holidays. I hope you enjoy it! Buon Appetito!

broccoli casserole in a red baking dish
broccoli cheese bake / anitalianinmykitchen.com

Broccoli Cheese Bake

Rosemary Molloy
Broccoli Cheese Bake is a delicious creamy and cheesy baked broccoli side dish perfect for a family dinner or get together.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 171 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 pound head of broccoli ** 1/2 kilo
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk 490 grams
  • 1 3/4 cup shredded swiss cheese (or cheddar cheese) 200 grams
  • 2 eggs beaten

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 325° (160° celsius)
  • Lightly grease a large baking dish.  (at least 10 x 7 inches / 25 x 18 centimeters)
  • In boiling water cook broccoli for approximately 5-10 minutes (until al dente) drain well. (gently dry with paper towels to absorb extra moisture).
  • In a large pot over low heat melt butter, whisk in flour and salt, continue whisking until smooth. Slowly add the milk and continue whisking constantly until thickened and starts to boil (let slow boil 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat.
  • Fold in cheese and broccoli and combine gently until cheese starts to melt slightly, add eggs and continue to stir gently to combine.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 30-45 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
  • ** You can use Broccoli, Romanesco or Cauliflower

Notes

Be sure to watch the Video at the top of the post!

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 40.4mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Updated from November 27, 2014.

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