While this is not my favorite way to serve (or eat!) broccoli, when the occasion calls for a big comforting casserole to feed a crowd, this is the best I've had. It's so much lighter tasting than the traditional recipes with all the canned soups & processed cheeses. Very good and a big hit at Christmas dinner.
Zesty Broccoli Casserole
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 141
- Calories from fat: 31%
- Fat: 4.9g
- Saturated fat: 2.6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
- Protein: 8.6g
- Carbohydrate: 17.9g
- Fiber: 4.1g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Sodium: 484mg
- Calcium: 173mg
- 3 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets, thawed
- Cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
- 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 medium)
- 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and sliced
- 3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 2 teaspoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Arrange broccoli in an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside.
- Combine milk, flour, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheddar and cream cheeses; stir until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, onion, and water chestnuts. Spoon cheese mixture evenly over broccoli.
- Place panko in a small bowl. Drizzle with butter, and toss. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture evenly over cheese mixture. Lightly spray breadcrumb layer with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble and breadcrumbs brown.
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