Broccoli Bake

This straightforward Broccoli Bake is creamy, tacky, and the proper vegetarian major dish or crowd-approved facet dish on your subsequent vacation gathering or weeknight household dinner.

Cheesy Parmesan Broccoli Casserole with Crispy Breadcrumb Topping

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Within the first 12 months of my marriage, I had two dinner-oriented targets.

  • Persuade my husband to love greens (with out essentially including bacon like on this Cauliflower Casserole).
  • Discover a staple vacation facet dish to carry to household gatherings that might be i) loved by all, and ii) somewhat totally different than the usual unfold.

Because of this broccoli bake recipe, I used to be in a position to accomplish each targets concurrently.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Crispy Breadcrumbs

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“Thanks for the recipe. I made it per the instructions and it was an enormous hit at Thanksgiving dinner.”

— Melanie —

About This Tacky Broccoli Bake

To anybody who struggles to persuade members of the family to eat their veggies, this tacky broccoli casserole recipe (or this Broccoli Quinoa Casserole) shall be your hero.

Right here’s why you and even essentially the most ardent veggie avoiders at your desk will LOVE this straightforward broccoli bake.

  • It’s tacky. Even the standard veggie nay-sayer gained’t be capable of deny broccoli when coated in ooey-gooey cheese sauce.
  • It’s wholesome. A lowered quantity of butter, non-fat milk, and white entire wheat flour preserve the recipe on the more healthy finish, whereas a full-flavored additional sharp cheddar cheese ensures that this tacky broccoli bake nonetheless has loads of taste.
  • It’s straightforward. Meant as a Thanksgiving side dish, I wished to streamline the traditional Broccoli Rice Casserole right into a no-fuss, easy broccoli bake that doesn’t add additional work to a day of hectic vacation cooking.
Even picky eaters love this broccoli and cheese casserole!

Bakes, Gratins, and Casseroles

The phrases “bake,” “gratin,” and “casserole” are sometimes used interchangeably. Whereas all sometimes contain a creamy sauce, yummy topping, and oven baking, there are a number of variations between them.

  • Gratins are essentially the most particular of the three. French by origin, the “gratin” refers back to the browned crust, which is manufactured from some combination of cheese and breadcrumbs, then completed beneath the broiler. Gratins are sometimes vegetable primarily based and served as a facet dish.
  • Casseroles are extra something goes. The “casserole” refers back to the baking dish, and it may be a major or a facet (meat, pasta, rice, and veggies all are truthful recreation).
  • Bake is essentially the most common time period of all of them, because it merely means a dish that’s “baked” within the oven. The elements are sometimes just like a gratin or casserole, however the dish will be any form you want.

The right way to Make Broccoli Bake

This broccoli bake represents every part undeniably magical in regards to the mixture of broccoli and cheese (as does this Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup).

Cheesy Parmesan Broccoli Bake with Crispy Breadcrumb Topping. Perfect comfort food!

The Components

  • Broccoli. Loaded with vitamin Okay, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and potassium, it’s no surprise your mom at all times advised you to complete your Roasted Broccoli.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs. For the crispiest, crunchiest, broccoli bake topping you’ll ever scarf down.
  • Butter. Helps the topping crisp and develop into completely golden within the oven.
  • Parmesan Cheese. Provides somewhat sharpness to the crispy breadcrumb topping.

Substitution Tip

Asiago, Romano, or Pecorino cheese would additionally work nice for the breadcrumb topping.

  • Cheddar Cheese. Utilizing an extra-sharp cheddar ensures this tacky broccoli bake is full of optimum taste. (Further-sharp cheddar can also be the key to my favourite Broccoli Cauliflower Soup.)
  • Entire Wheat White Flour. Sneaks in somewhat entire grain goodness and thickens the creamy cheese sauce.

Substitution Tip

You can even use all-purpose flour if that’s what you could have readily available.

  • Milk. I went for non-fat milk to lighten this sometimes indulgent baked broccoli facet dish. Although be at liberty to make use of any milk you want.
  • Spices. A mix of garlic powder, mustard powder, and cayenne provides simply the correct amount of curiosity.

The Instructions

  1. Stir collectively the topping.
steamed broccoli in a collander with a bowl of toasted parmesan breadcrumbs
  1. Blanch and drain the broccoli.
a large pot of creamy cheddar cheese sauce with a whisk
  1. Put together the cheese sauce.
steamed broccoli being added to a pot of creamy cheese sauce
  1. Add the broccoli and toss within the sauce to coat. Unfold it right into a single layer (sure, we’re utilizing the identical pan).
  2. High with the reserved breadcrumbs and bake till sizzling and the topping is crisp. ENJOY!


For a fair crisper topping, place the skillet beneath your broiler for a couple of minutes on the finish, watching fastidiously in order that it doesn’t burn.

Cheesy Parmesan Broccoli Casserole with Crispy Breadcrumbs on a plate

Storage Suggestions

  • To Retailer. Leftover broccoli bake could also be refrigerated in a lined container for as much as 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Heat in a 350 diploma F oven or within the microwave till heated by means of and steaming.

What to Serve with Broccoli Bake

Really helpful Instruments to Broccoli Bake

  • Deep Skillet. This deep forged iron skillet is ideal for cooking this recipe.
  • Pot with Steaming Basket. Makes steaming and draining the broccoli a breeze!
  • Saucepan. For whisking collectively a creamy, velvety clean cheese sauce.

My Favourite Deep Skillet

This 12-inch enameled deep forged iron skillet distributes warmth evenly for a perfect bake, sauté, sear, braise, stir fry and extra! Plus, it’s oven-safe.

Healthy Broccoli Casserole with Crispy Parmesan Breadcrumbs

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Continuously Requested Questions

Is Boiling the Broccoli first Crucial?

Sure. Boiling the broccoli helps to tenderize the broccoli and units the colour so it stays a pleasant vibrant inexperienced after baking. In case you skip this step, your broccoli shall be too crunchy.

How Can I Make the Broccoli Softer?

This recipe yields tender-crisp broccoli that also has somewhat chunk. In case you favor a softer, extra tender broccoli, chances are you’ll boil the broccoli and/or bake it for longer till it reaches your required stage of doneness.

Can I Use Frozen Broccoli?

I’ve not tried getting ready this as a frozen broccoli bake so it could be an experiment when you try. I might counsel thawing your broccoli in a single day within the fridge previous to boiling it for finest outcomes. Then end the recipe as directed. Observe that your broccoli shall be a lot softer.

Is it Attainable to Make this Broccoli Bake Vegan?

In case you’d wish to attempt experimenting with this broccoli casserole recipe to make it vegan, you could possibly attempt swapping the butter, milk, and cheese on your favourite vegan dairy options and getting ready as directed. I’ve not personally examined that, nonetheless. In case you try, I might love to listen to your outcomes!

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets (about 1 1/4 kilos)
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups non-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly floor black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optionally available
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated additional sharp cheddar cheese

  • Preheat your oven to 400 levels F. Soften 1 tablespoon butter in a large, deep forged iron (or different ovenproof) skillet. As soon as melted, pour the butter right into a small mixing bowl, then mix with the Panko breadcrumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Put aside.

  • In the meantime, carry a big pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook dinner till crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and put aside.

  • Soften the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the identical skillet. Sprinkle the white entire wheat flour excessive, then whisk continually for 1 minute, till the butter smells aromatic and the flour turns barely golden. Very slowly pour within the milk, whisking continually, including somewhat at a time so that you simply break up the clumps of flour as you go. Proceed whisking till the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes, permitting the combination to bubble. Stir within the garlic powder, salt, mustard, black pepper, and cayenne (if utilizing). Take away the skillet from the warmth, then stir within the cheddar till clean.

  • Add the reserved broccoli, stir to coat, then pat the broccoli into a fair layer within the skillet. (Alternatively, when you really feel your skillet will not be massive sufficient to simply stir within the broccoli with out it spilling out, you may mix the 2 in a separate bowl, then switch the combination again into the skillet.)

  • Sprinkle the Panko combination evenly excessive of the broccoli. Bake till sizzling and the topping is crisp and lightweight golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. (Tip: For a fair crisper topping, place the skillet beneath your broiler for a couple of minutes on the finish, watching fastidiously in order that it doesn’t burn.) Let stand 5 minutes, then serve.

  • TO STORE: Leftover broccoli bake could also be refrigerated in a lined container for as much as 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Heat in a 350 diploma F oven or within the microwave till heated by means of and steaming.

Serving: 1(of 4)Energy: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 15gFats: 16gSaturated Fats: 10gPolyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 4gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 45mgPotassium: 589mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1412IUVitamin C: 102mgCalcium: 385mgIron: 2mg

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