Vernita's Broccoli Casserole
My mother-in-law makes the best broccoli rice bake.
My mother-in-law makes the best broccoli rice bake.
I made this for a Christmas dinner side dish this year and got rave reviews. I did tweak it a little...I sauteed the onion first, chopped up the broccoli a little and increased the Ritz Crackers to about a 1/2 sleeve. I also used sharp cheddar for a stronger flavor and added a tablespoon of garlic salt and used low sodium mushroom soup insteadRead More
I made this for a Christmas dinner side dish this year and got rave reviews. I did tweak it a little...I sauteed the onion first, chopped up the broccoli a little and increased the Ritz Crackers to about a 1/2 sleeve. I also used sharp cheddar for a stronger flavor and added a tablespoon of garlic salt and used low sodium mushroom soup instead
THANK YOU for a recipe that calls for REAL CHEESE and not process cheese spread or Velveeta or any other goo that's not real cheese! I had no crackers so I left them off (DH is gluten intolerant anyway). That said, I also had to make my own cream of mushroom soup (couldn't take the chance that Campbell's has wheat in it) but that was no problem. I had leftover rice, and broccoli flowerets and onion cook in minutes in the microwave, so I basically just stirred everything together and heated it up. Thanks for the inspiration!
i like this recipe. simple, fast, & cheesy! what more could you ask for? i used cream of chicken instead of mushroom. i may add garlic next time. but this one is a keeper!
Loved this casserole. I made it as a side dish with our pork chops and it was great! The crunch of the Ritz on top really made this dish stand out. I didn't have enough cheddar on hand but it was still really good. I did, however, cook the rice separately as we do not use instant rice-therefore i omitted the water. I will be making this casserole again !!
I had planned to eat leftovers the next day...but there weren't any!! I added 1 can cream of celery soup, substitued milk for the water, and used fresh brocolli (2 stalks) instead of frozen. I added some Italian spice for flavor, and cut the cheese in half....my husband asked if we could have it for T-Day!!!!
This darn broccoli casserole was REALLY good!! My tweaks: I cooked the rice first and replaced the water with milk, used reduced calorie cream of chicken instead of mushroom, used 1/2 sleeve of wheat ritz crackers, and about a 1 and 1/2 cup of cheese instead of 2. I also added a little pepper and garlic salt to the mix. AWESOME!! :)
I subtracted the rice and added a pound of hamburger, and it was great-- even better the next day!
Good and easy recipe. I'm the guy that is always designated to bring paper plates and napkins to the family get togethers. So when I brought this broccoli casserole everyone was nervous. Turned out to be a hit. One family member said it was the best she's had. I made a few changes...substituted milk for water, and increased the amount of milk by 1/2 cup...and doubled the amount of crackers and butter for the topping.
I subbed a cup of milk for the water and used more crackers than called for. This was delicious! I would use very little onion next time.
While it was easy, it didn't have much flavor. Maybe adding some hot sauce, garlic or herbs would have given it the extra kick it needed. May try again with some revisions.
This was okay, nothing spectacular. No one had any complaints but they didn't love it either. I did have to add about an additional 1/2c. of water and bake a little longer because the rice was not done in the stated time.
what can I say, but YUM!
If you add some leftover chicken chunks, this is a complete meal.
I use cheddar cheese soup instead of the mushroom soup and 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk. This ones a keeper. Fast and easy to put together.
I took this casserole to our church Christmas party and it was a big success. I loved it too!
The recipe is good as it is, my husband don't like onion so I didn't put it in but it still taste fantastic! Thank you for sharing :)
I found this to be absolutely scrumptious, and everything I was looking for in a side dish casserole. Boiling pasta, cooking rice... if I'm going to cook the food in the first place, why bake it for an hour? This took minutes to prep and tasted awesome. I used brown instant rice, cheese soup instead of mushroom as I am a cheesy broccoli fiend, and used the whole 16oz frozen bag I had. I am not a big fan of onion and like lots of recipes, decided to use onion powder instead of fresh chopped: worked great for me. I will most definitely be making this again, it's the perfect veggie/starch side when you're main event is meat. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!
I've made this twice; the second time it was wonderful because I sauteed the chopped onion first, and also nuked the frozen broccoli for 5 minutes before tossing everything together (and cut it up since it was whole florets). ALSO, I used Club Crackers instead of Ritz, and believe it or not, this made a huge difference! My family loved it. I threw in some leftover cooked chicken at the end for my son, but I prefer it without the chicken.
made this just tonight- really good! my gf & i raved over it and leftovers will be kept for tomorrow's lunch. i made some tweaks, tho. instead of uncooked rice, i used broccoli & cheddar quick rice and cooked it first in the rice cooker. also used panko herbal crumbs instead of crackers. and didn't use frozen broccoli but fresh ones, steamed just a bit. it's in my opinion that the quick rice supported the flavor for this dish. we'd do this again, with guests to impress 'em! do this recipe! (we baked it for just 30 min- easy)
Not bad, not great. I did add 1/2 c. additional water but it could have used another 1/2 c (1 total cup extra) easily. Took 1 hr 15 minutes to cook. Definitely needs salt and pepper. Not sure if I'll try again.
It was delicious! Only thing I left off was the crackers. Big hit!
Very good; will make again. Used instant brown rice, and because I was rushed used dried minced onion and added a bit of freeze dried garlic. Leftovers were just as yummy. Leftover chicken would be a nice addition. Update: I've made this many times; it's good comfort food on chilly days. Adding fresh mushrooms makes this recipe even better. I melt the butter in a small glass bowl, then add the crushed crackers; that saves some cleanup. Adding your choice of dried herbs to the cracker mix is nice, too. When I make this the morning of or the night before, I don't bother thawing the broccoli. Leftovers freeze well, and it's always nice to have a ready-made side dish on hand.
My husband made his for our big thanksgiving dinner. It was loved by everyone. He used milk rather than water, used a whole sleeve of crackers and 12 oz frozen broccoli.
This is sooooo good! I added salt and pepper. Also, crushed whole sleeve of Ritz crackers and added some to broccoli mix!! Will make over and over again!
We made this as a side dish for our homeless community and got rave reviews. This is easy to fix and we just changed the servings to 75.
I should have rated this recipe a long time ago. I made this for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and have been asked by family members to make it for 3very occasion since. It is very simple to make and is delicious
It was very good. I used one half cup water and one half cup milk, instead of the one cup water. I didn't use the onions. I used onion powder, and added some salt. I will definitely make it again!
Doubled the recipe, and made the following very slight changes: Used butter instead of margarine, and one can cream of chicken soup with the one can of cream of mushroom called for. Onion was a bit too much for me, but others in the party didn't mind (I asked). Raw onion and my stomach do not get along, but cooked onion (absolutely no crunch left) does not bother me at all. The onion in this recipe didn't cook as well as I thought it would. I may chop it in the food processor next time instead of by hand to see if that makes a difference. If not, I'll leave out the onion.
Love this but used golden mushroom soup instead of reg mushroom and chicken broth instead of water and fresh broccoli. I have also added cooked shredded chicken :)
This recipe was easy and everyone loved it at our Thanksgiving dinner!
This was good, just the recipe I was looking for. I doubled it for Easter dinner. I doubled everything except the onion. And I added a few more crackers. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great. I will definitely make this again.
I made this broccoli rice casserole as part of my vegetarian Thanksgiving Eve dinner and it was divine! It was just what I was looking for... broccoli was the star of the dish, NOT butter! The only changes I made were using veggie broth instead of water and omitting onions altogether (used 2 tsp of onion powder instead... boyfriend hates onion texture). I also sprinkled a handful of French fried onions on top along the cracker crumbs. My new favorite broccoli casserole!
Was good, but I think I'll add a little more cheese next time.
This recipe has been a staple in our menu for years; I started out making it for my family, and now, I make it for my husband and for big family events. It is always a hit! My only modification is adding half to three quarters of a sleeve of Ritz crackers. The topping is perfect, so I like to have a lot of it.
This casserole came it delicious, maybe could use some paprika and a pinch of garlic salt/powder. Will make this dish again!!
The only sure fire way to get my son to eat veggies. I think if I made it every night he wouldn't complain. (My husband and I like it too lol).
This is the best broccoli rice casserole I have ever eaten. I followed the recipe except I used half water/half milk, sautéed the onions and added 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. Delicious!