"Mom, what the heck are these brown things in this casserole? Are these mushrooms? If these are mushrooms, I won't touch it with a ten foot pole".
"No Brittany, they are little specks of chocolate chips. Eat up!"
Okay, she's never said this to me, but I wouldn't put it past her. My mom, she's a sneaky little thing.
Anyway, for years, I've had a little obsession with my granny's broccoli casserole. I love it. It's my favorite casserole. It's cheesy. It's creamy. It's buttery. It's the stuff dreams are made of.
So when my mom gave me granny's broccoli casserole recipe and I saw the list of ingredients, I felt betrayed. Cream of mushroom soup? Mayonnaise?
My entire life was a lie.
Never in a million years would I eat mushroom or mayonnaise anything. Just the thought of it makes me sick. And now, I find out that I had unknowingly consumed approximately 742 cans of cream of mushroom soup and 52 jars of mayonnaise? Who was I? Is my name really Brittany?
But there's something magical that happens with this casserole, friends. Something so magical that I was oblivious that it contained such vulgar ingredients. The mayonnaise, the mushroom soup, the cheese, the broccoli, they are mixed together and baked in perfect harmony. It is a glorious blend of creamy broccoli goodness. So if you're a picky eater like myself, ignore the ingredients. I promise you won't taste anything but good things.
This casserole is deliriously easy to make. And it contains simple ingredients. That's what I love. Old recipes with simple ingredients. None of that fancy stuff for me.
Here's the recipe:
Granny's creamy broccoli casserole
1 large bag of broccoli florets (frozen)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 to 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Preheatcha oven to 350 degrees. Boil your broccoli florets until they are tender (about 5-7 minutes).
In a seperate bowl, add the 2 eggs, mayonnaise, cream of mushroom soup, onion. and cheddar cheese.
Not very attractive, eh?
Stir it up, and this:
This is when it starts getting magical, friends.
Stir it until mixed well. Drain your broccoli and add it to the cheese mixture. Spread it into a 9x13 greased glass pan.
For the topping, you need:
1 cup of butter
6 slices of bread
15-20 Ritz (or butter) crackers
Melt the cup of butter and pinch up (finely) 6 slices of bread and add to the melted butter. Then crush the crackers and add this to the butter/bread mixture as well. Sprinkle this on top of the casserole.
Next, use your durable oven mitts, and pop this baby into the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
These are my oven mitts. Is this sad?
Sorry, I've got no after picture of the casserole. I got a little side-tracked. But imagine a crispy, golden brown crust covering a creamy sea of broccoli goodness. That is what you'll find in your oven!
Finally, call your butler and tell him you need your dishes washed.
When he doesn't show, fire his butt, and beg your husband ;)
Have a blessed weekend!