Aunt Jeannie's Broccoli and Cheese Casserole Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 packages of frozen broccoli (defrosted), or the same amount fresh if you're not in a rush, chopped
  • Pam
  • 2 eggs, well-beaten
  • 1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup ("It can't be low-sodium, it can't be half-fat," she said. "it's watery and it's just not as good.")
  • ½-1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

One of my most treasured recipes; it has been a staple at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother makes some dishes, I make a few, and my aunt brings broccoli cheese casserole. A few years ago she didn't bring it. It was like someone killed Thanksgiving. With my mother's coconut-frosted  chocolate cake, it's one of the dishes I most anticipate all year. "I didn't realize it was that important," she told me.

"Let's be clear," I said, "This isn't something I ever have to ask for again. This just has to be here. It's not the holidays without it. Period. Please, please bring it." We haven't had that problem again.

I've eaten at some of the country's best restaurants, but there's something about this I'd take over every one of those meals. Salty and cheesy with a crispy top and a creamy interior — honestly, I love eating it almost just as much the next day... cold. What's the secret behind it? Where did it come from?

"You go to the French Culinary Institute and you love this easy to make broccoli and cheese casserole," my aunt said, laughing. "I think that's hysterical. I learned this dish from my mother-in-law Joan Miller who got if from her sister-in-law Ruth Miller. It's easy to make, it's different, and it's good. And when the kids were little this is how I'd get them to eat their broocoli."

One secret according to Aunt Jean? You have to use Hellmann's. "It comes out too thin if you use light mayonnaise, or anthing except Hellmann's." I wouldn't know. I don't want her changing a thing. So here's the recipe. I'm only willing to share it because without Aunt Jeannie making it, it will still be amazing, but you'll never quite have it quite as good. It's still definitely worth trying.

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Defrost the broccoli (or chop the same amount of fresh broccoli). Spray the 2-quart Corningware container or other casserole dish with Pam. Mix broccoli with eggs, mayonnaise, cream of mushroom soup, minced onions, ¾ of the shredded Cheddar, salt (you don't need too much because there's already a lot in the cheese), and pepper. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar evenly over the top. Lightly sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees uncovered. "I check it after 45 minutes," Aunt Jean said. "When it's bubbling I turn it down. But it depends on the oven. I always check it after 45 minutes. If it's not bubbling, leave it. If it's bubbling take it out."

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

406 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

20%

Servings:

10
  • Fat 369g 568%
  • Carbs 48g 16%
  • Saturated 101g 504%
  • Fiber 5g 20%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 137g 274%
  • Cholesterol 960mg 320%
  • Sodium 6,816mg 284%
  • Calcium 3,446mg 345%
  • Magnesium 173mg 43%
  • Potassium 906mg 26%
  • Iron 4mg 23%
  • Zinc 19mg 125%
  • Phosphorus 2,633mg 376%
  • Vitamin A 5,433IU 109%
  • Vitamin C 7mg 12%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 26%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 159%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 12%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 30%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 213µg 53%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 87%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 32%
  • Vitamin K 80µg 100%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 49g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 18g
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