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Cheddar-Broccoli Casserole

I've added my own twists to this casserole over the years, such as using sharp cheddar cheese, cheese crackers and Parmesan. My family and friends can't seem to get enough of it! —James G. Pellerin, Bradenton, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 bunches broccoli, cut into florets (about 9 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup crushed cheese crackers
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups cream, butter and seasonings; bring to a boil. Mix cornstarch and remaining cream until smooth; gradually stir into cream mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in broccoli.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, covered, 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until broccoli is tender and topping is lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 365 calories, 28g fat (18g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 488mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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