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Broccoli Elegant

My family loves this creamy vegetable side dish. As pretty as it is tasty, it's an extra-special way to serve broccoli, and it really dresses up a table.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) corn bread stuffing mix
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen broccoli spears, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups milk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, 1/4 cup butter and the seasoning packet from stuffing mixes; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; add stuffing crumbs and toss. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Spoon stuffing around edges of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Place broccoli spears in center of dish. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt remaining butter. Stir in the flour, bouillon and salt until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Add onions; mix well. Pour over broccoli. Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.

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  • Bucsdk
    Dec 26, 2010

    I prepared it the day before and put it in an electric roasting pan. Next year I may try it in the crockpot. Everyone loved it! I would definitely make this again.

  • Daisy Dell
    Jan 12, 2010

    I've been making this ever since it came out in the first Country Woman Christmas book in 1996. Each year my extended family asks me to bring it to our Christmas dinner. I highly recommend it.