Broccoli has got to my my all time favorite vegetable, and we ALWAYS have a big bag of florets on hand! So I found this recipe for an easy broccoli side dish that goes well with pretty much anything and it never last long in our house. I love this recipe because it uses REAL cheese, so many out there call for processed cheese or cheese whiz, neither of which ever enter my home. Not a fan of broccoli? This works great with cauliflower, asparagus, pretty much any veggie you like to have cheese sauce on!
The flavor of the sauce is more on the mild side and the consistency is not overly creamy, which I find processed cheese to be. If you know you prefer strong flavors, definitely pick a bold tasting cheese.
Want to make this a quick meal? Go ahead and add in sliced sausage, grilled chicken, cooked ground beef, or whatever you on hand right before you put this in the oven.
The original recipe is called Delicious Blue Cheese Broccoli Casserole, but I did make a few *minor* changes.
- I upped the broccoli to 5 cups
- used colby jack cheese (as that’s what I had on hand)
- added a little garlic powder and salt to taste.
- I omitted the crackers to cut down on carbs
- reduced flour to about 1 1/2 TBLS
Quick Tip: if you are using cheese slices, like I was, you’ll need 5-6 thick slices. For the cauliflower version I used one whole head and sliced it into thin pieces, like scalloped potatoes.