Zesty Broccoli Casserole

  • Marcia Posted: 01/07/09
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    We loved this dish. The only change I made to the recipe was to reduce the mayo by half. The cooking time was a bit longer than 25 minutes before it became "bubbly" but the dish was wonderful. Water chestnuts added nice texture. We'll be making this again for sure.

  • lhoerth Posted: 11/05/08
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    we loved this recipe. mine was creamy and not mushy. i did use larger broccili pieces than are in some other bags of frozen broccili which may account for why some reviewers thought it was mushy.

  • LindsayC Posted: 06/14/09
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    This recipe is decent, but I really don't think the mayo is necessary at all. I cut the amount of mayo by about 2/3 when I made it, but I could still taste it in the sauce. I really hesitated to add any at all because the cheese sauce was already so thick and creamy on its own. The sauce could also use a little more spice since it was pretty bland. I did sprinkle some red pepper flakes on the mixture before I added the bread crumbs, but it definitely needed something else. I'll just have to keep experimenting with it since it has a good base and is worth tinkering around with.

  • KLHuffman Posted: 12/14/09
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    This is very easy to make, and my whole family loves it! Usually 3 out of 4 of us like a recipe, so this one is a winner! I have used fresh broccoli, but make sure to cook it in water a little bit first, otherwise it can dry out in oven. I served grilled porkchops with this. Rich enough for company, too.

  • mangiapeach Posted: 11/19/08
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    It's a pity to mask the broccoli flavor with such bland 1950's flavors. No one asked for seconds, will not make this again.

  • RunnerGirl2 Posted: 12/02/08
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    I was looking for a heathlier alternative to a broccoli casserole that I made each Thanksgiving that included melted processed cheese and cream of celery soup topped with saltines and a whole stick of butter. This recipe was much healthier and by far better tasting than the old one I used to make. My son even loved it and my old recipe was his favorite. The only thing I left out was the water chestnuts as we are not fond of them. This will definately be on my Thanksgiving menu every year.

  • TCinTN Posted: 11/26/08
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    I make a similar casserole but I use fat free cream of mushroom soup instead of the fat free sour cream. This might help some who find the orignal recipe too rich or the sauce too overwhelming. Otherwise, I love this recipe because the reduced fat version tastes so much like the regular recipe.

  • csconce Posted: 01/22/09
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    Yum! Great comfort food with less calories.. A weight watchers friendly meal..

  • Drummer Posted: 12/21/10
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    I made this recipe for thanksgiving and it got rave reviews from everyone who tried it. I've been asked to bring it for Christmas. This will be a staple for our holiday dinners!!!

  • bafinaire Posted: 12/21/09
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    Very good recipe, substituted all the fat-free ingredients with either light, 1/3 fat or 2% as this was for a work function and most people there are adverse to fat-free foods. I was nervous about making this as I had to convert it to make in a crock pot and it was the first time I tried this recipe. To make in a crock pot all I had to do was make the sauce on the stove as directed the night before, refridgerated, and toasted the breadcrumbs and butter mixture for about 5 minutes and refridgerated that as well. The next day at work I combined the thawed broccoli and sauce and about 30 minutes before eating I added the breadcrumbs on top. Overall I cooked it on low for about 3 hours prior to the pot luck.

  • WIFoodie Posted: 01/06/11
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    Very disappointing! Sounded like it would be great. Gummy, pasty, bland--tasted like baaaaad cafeteria fare.

  • manders01 Posted: 08/21/10
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    WAAAYYYY too much sauce!!! I'll will probably try this again but halve the sauce at minimum. I was worried about the mayo overpowering the sauce because I'm not a mayo person but it didn't stand out as I feared it would. But I would have liked a little more spice / zest to the sauce so will kick up the spices next time I try this.

  • mbnich0269 Posted: 01/03/11
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    Definately on my holiday menus! Much better than all the heavy recipes out there.

  • DonnaWise Posted: 12/20/10
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    Made this for the first time for Thanksgiving at a friends. Everyone loved it!

  • sherrimarshall Posted: 12/26/11
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    Constant compliments on this dish. Folks are surprised at the ingredients, the water chestnuts make a nice crunchy addition to this casserole. I found panko or regular breadcrumbs both work well.

  • eatsleeprun Posted: 12/09/11
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    Love this recipe! When we have vegetable plate night at our house, this is often the featured dish. It's filling and healthy. My kids love it. Cream cheese and crusty panko are the ticket. I substitute greek yogurt for mayo. I like the flavor better and it's more nutritious. I use fresh, organic broccoli. Sometimes, I use swiss cheese instead of cheddar. Both are delicious. I also make this casserole for holidays and special occasions. Give it a try! :)

  • crusnock Posted: 12/12/11
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    This was ok, but we ended up getting tired of it and threw half the pan out. Wouldn't make again.

  • eazbroze Posted: 10/11/12
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    Quick to make. The onions were a little undercooked for my taste; I will probably sautee them for a couple of minutes before tossing them into the casserole next time.

  • mlroy865 Posted: 01/03/13
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    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.

  • Jenlhebert Posted: 09/09/12
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    Easy and delicious! Everyone enjoyed this. Used fresh broccoli and it turned out great.

  • erobbins4 Posted: 12/02/12
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    I have made this recipe Several times it's a huge success and my husband and I love it. I don't make any changes to the original Broccoli version, but like to use the cheese sauce with other dishes as well such as potatoes.

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