Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice…{Oh My!} Casserole

 

My momma used to make this dish ONLY on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  I HATED it.  I would never even try it and gagged a bit while watching the other family members around the dinner table savor it .  It looked gooey, green, and well, GROSS.

Then, one year in college (yes, I was a strong willed-child and didn’t taste this dish until college…my first born is my payback!)…I tried it.  Oh. My. Word.  I think it’s kinda like coffee, though…an acquired adult taste.  Anyway….

I learned how to make it during my second pregnancy when cravings kicked into high gear.

It’s not terribly ‘quick and easy’….but it’s worth it!  My kids and husband LOVE it and it’s usually on my homemade baby food list once my little ones hit 9 months or so.

Here’s what you’ll need:

This recipe is pretty fool proof.  The key is keeping the toddler out of the kitchen and digging in the Cascade Action Packs while you multi-task, as you have to do several things all at once.

Step 1:  Boil 1 bag of the Boil In A Bag rice as per the directions on the box (I use the microwave…if you believe that causes cancer, use the stove..)

While that is boiling, throw the chopped broccoli into a small saucepan with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil; cook until tender (about 8-10 minutes once the water is boiling).

Still multitasking here…stay with me.  Now, you want to take that onion up in that there picture (or use a yellow one, up to you), and chop it finely.  Throw it into a saucepan with ALL BUT 2 Tablespoons of the margarine.  I use the Imperial brand because my Momma did.  And you just don’t mess with tradition! (Oohh…Name that movie!).

Saute the onions until tender and/or clear.

When those three items above are nearly ready, melt 6 oz. (about half of that stick) of Velveeta.  DON’T buy generic Velveeta.  It’s a sin.

Again, I melt mine in the microwave in a little bowl….worried about radiation?…use the stove 😉

Then, it gets easy.  Dump everything in an oven safe dish, mix it up, and pop it into a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and a bit brown.

You can add a decorative cheese picture on top.  I added an O’Four Leaf Clover for O’ St. Patty’s Day.  Momma used to sprinkle shredded cheese on top.  You don’t have to do anything if you don’t wanna!

Here are some pics to catch you up to speed on those steps.

(Sorry about this blurry pic)

Mmmm Mmmmm good.  Momma would be proud–or confused, seeing as how our Christmas dish has a four leaf clover on top 😉 Happy Cooking!!!

Comments

  1. Can’t wait to try this!

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