Southern Comfort – Broccoli Casserole

Another Thanksgiving in the memory books! I’m still recovering from all of my indulgences, with the continuous bouts of laughter remaining my only form of exercise for the day – lots of great food and fantastic company!

Today, I’m featuring my favorite dish from yesterday’s feast (and many prior feasts), certain to pair with any future feast(s) you’re planning. This recipe was passed along by my Gram’s dear friend, Mrs. Polly Walker – it’s every bit of Southern comfort and a charming way to incorporate a vegetable into the dinner. This dish can be served as a side or an entree, should you choose to add meat.

Here’s what you’ll need …

1) 1 cup mayonnaise (It’s best to use regular and not light/reduced, in order to get the best texture and consistency. You could use Veganaise as a substitute for a healthier version).
2) 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
3) 2 eggs
4) 2.5 – 3 cups of cooked chopped broccoli
5) 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
6) 1/2 stick of butter
7) 1/2 box of herb seasoned stuffing. I use Mrs. Cubbison’s Cube Stuffing You can also cut any bread of your choice into small cubes and toast.
8) 1 cup of shredded cheddar (or more if you’re really into cheese)

Optional Ingredients:
1) 1/2 – 1 cup of bacon or cubed ham (or both)
2) 1/2 cup of chives

Combine your mayo, onion, eggs (well beaten), soup, and broccoli into a mixing bowl, stirring out all of the lumps until well blended. If you’re opting for more of an entree, throw in your bacon and/or ham as well.

In a separate bowl, melt your butter and toss the stuffing around until all the crumbs are well coated.

Pour your mix into a greased 8×8 casserole dish or pie dish. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese until you’ve created a nice layer, covering your mix. Next, top the cheese with your buttered stuffing crumbs.

Pop in for some oven lovin’ at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. If you’re transporting this dish and making ahead of time, you can warm up from refrigeration at 250 degrees for 10-15 mins, covered in foil.

Easy breezy, right?! You’re ready to serve. Once you’ve plated, sprinkle on some chives for an extra “bite” to each bite. Just like my other featured dishes, this one makes for an excellent left over meal. And if you have kids, this is a great way to incorporate broccoli into their diet(s).


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