This roasted broccoli casserole is a staple at our Thanksgiving and Christmas table. Make your own family tradition by whipping up a batch of this delicious side dish.
Roasted Broccoli Casserole
This is one of my favorite holiday and potluck side dishes. I make this for Easter. For Christmas. For Thanksgiving. Pretty much anytime I need to bring a side somewhere on an occasion where calorie counting is typically frowned upon. It is really easy to put together, and if you are even a passing fan of broccoli – you’ll love it.
Get the most flavor out of this dish by roasting the broccoli before you put the casserole together. Just drizzle it with some olive oil and a shake of salt and pepper in a 375 degree oven until the tops start to turn a bit brown. It took mine about 8-10 minutes.
Then you just put it in the baking dish and pour over the sauce you made, and top it with loads of your favorite cheeses. I used a cheddar jack mix.
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Want more holiday side dish ideas? I’ve got lots!
What are your favorite holiday dishes that you just can’t live without? I really miss buttercup squash. I used to have it every year, but it is so hard to find out here in Washington! Do you have a dish you just HAVE TO HAVE every Thanksgiving or Christmas?
- 5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
- 3-4 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
- 10-15 Ritz crackers crushed
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- Preheat oven to 375. Place broccoli on a large baking sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 7-10 minutes, or until broccoli is starting to get a little brown in small spots. You don't want it fully cooked, but you want some roasty flavor.
- Melt butter in a medium saute pan. Add onion, and saute over medium low heat for 4-5 minutes. Whisk in flour, and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add milk, dry mustard, garlic powder, and salt. Whisk to combine, and cook over medium-low heat until the mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese.
- Place broccoli in a large baking pan. Pour cheese sauce over the top. Top with the rest of the cheese.
- Combine butter and melted butter. Sprinkle over the cheese, and bake at 325 for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the broccoli is tender.