|This surprisingly yummy dish is oven-ready by the time |
the oven has pre-heated!
Dave and I are trying hard to increase our variety and consumption of vegetables and fruits. To that end, we picked up our first community fruit and veggie order recently
Each week, as we receive our order, we will be "forced" to try things that we normally wouldn't think of buying, along with some things we may occasionally consider buying and probably things we always buy. It should be fun --- and it will probably be challenging at times.
Neither of us are broccoli fans so naturally two bunches of broccoli stared at us defiantly as we opened our first veggie box.
My computer search turned up many recipes and as I plowed through them I found a couple that sounded edible as well as doable. I read reviews, I added, deleted and combined, and . . . came up with
a simply quick, easy, adjustable/versatile and delicious main dish I'll call ---
Cheesy Broccoli Souper Stuff
Turn oven to 350 degrees.
4 to 6 cups steamed or blanched broccoli florets (or frozen, chopped), drained
2 cans of cream of chicken* soup
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1-1/2 cups grated sharp** cheddar cheese
approximately 2 cups dry stuffing mix*** (like Stove Top) divided
In large bowl combine all ingredients except for one cup stuffing mix
Spread in 9x13 pan or casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining stuff mix. Spray lightly with butter spray if desired.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
As I said this is a very forgiving dish so feel free to adjust as desired. I would recommend always including the lemon juice, although you may wish to change the amount.
* can be any cream flavored soup or combination of flavors, or a home-made cream soup base. A great plus is the canned soup doesn't taste like canned soup!
** I use sharp but any cheddar will be fine.
*** you can also use seasoned dry bread crumbs or seasoned croutons that have been lightly crushed
We have also included 2 cups chopped cooked chicken.
You can use a broccoli-zucchini, broccoli-cauliflower, all cauliflower, or a combo of veggies, fresh or frozen.
You can use 1/2 cup mayo or sour cream instead of 1/4 cup of each.
Cheapskates are like-minded --- it seems such an extravagance to throw out the broccoli stalks you paid for.
Here are some ideas I found at