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Southern Broccoli Casserole

 

This Southern Broccoli Casserole is wonderfully creamy and cheesy and has a buttery cracker crumb topping. The perfect side dish for any meal.

Wooden spoon scooping up Southern Broccoli Casserole.

Southerners have a love affair with casseroles. Whether it’s a family meal, church function, pot luck, funeral, or holiday, there is often a casserole to be had. Green Bean Casserole tends to get all the fame and glory, but truth be known, it’s Southern Broccoli Casserole that gets all the raves at our house.

Unfortunately, aside from the fact that this casserole is based on a vegetable, and a green one at that, there is absolutely nothing healthy about it. Therefore, I only serve it on special occasions or try and pair it with something light. You see, we southerners delight in taking perfectly fresh, healthy vegetables straight from the garden and cooking them with butter, mayo, cream, and cheese.  And we’re unapologetic about it. Try some and you’ll see why. Southern Broccoli Casserole is loaded with creamy, buttery goodness which mainly comes from a hefty dose of mayo and a half stick of butter. Don’t skimp on the mayo, it really makes this casserole. Just promise yourself you’ll run 5 miles tomorrow. It will be worth it.

Broccoli Casserole in a baking dish.

 

It’s also full of cheesy goodness (broccoli’s best friend) and a buttery Ritz cracker topping. There’s also one ingredient in this casserole that’s a little out of vogue- a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup. Southerners have a tradition of cooking with canned soups, and while we’re appreciative of trends towards cooking with fresh, unprocessed ingredients, sometimes we just need our condensed cream soups for our casseroles. Old habits do die hard after all.

 

Southern Broccoli Casserole in a baking dish.

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Wooden spoon scooping up Southern Broccoli Casserole.

Broccoli Casserole

A cheesy, creamy broccoli casserole with a ritz cracker topping that is a favorite southern side.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 40 mins
TOTAL: 55 mins
SERVINGS: 8

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped, fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 (10 3/4-oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 full sleeve Ritz crackers, finely crushed

Instructions

  • Place broccoli in a steamer basket over simmering water. Cover and steam for approximately 5 minutes. Chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine broccoli, soup, mayonnaise, butter, eggs, onion, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Add 1 cup of cheese and mix again.
  • Place mixture in a medium buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese and crackers on top.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal
Course: Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: broccoli, Casserole

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Originally published Sept 10, 2013.

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130 thoughts on “Southern Broccoli Casserole”

  1. Will someone tell me what is a “medium baking dish”? In the photos, it looks like a 13″×9″ casserole dish. Help! I want to make this tonight!😏

  2. i have a very similar recipe and if you use fresh broccoli no need to pre cook and it turns out perfect. love the time saver.

  3. April Williamson

    excellent and better as leftovers…. Day one, 1/4 the pan was eaten, day two, the whole pan was eaten and I was asked to make more. I realized the flavors meld by sitting longer, just like soups, stews and spaghetti… so I made 2 pans, for the next week. Nothing was eaten the day of cooking, and by the 3rd day, my boys had eaten all of it. Teen boys asking for more broccoli… and I doubled only the broccoli and seasonings… everything else was the same. THIS IS A WINNER!

  4. Beth Bolden

    I made it today with seafood it turned out great I will make it again without the seafood I love you

  5. Melanie Neumann

    Great! But I add cream cheese and garlic powder and use a little more broccoli to the mix. Thanks for the recipe

  6. Excellent recipe. Made it a couple of times for friends. All was a hit, they always want the recipe.

  7. Melissa Pennington

    I made this and it was a hit with my family!!! It is undoubtedly the best broccoli casserole we had ever had! I added a but more cheese and Ritz crackers but basically stuck to instructions! Great! Thanks!

  8. Karen Faught

    I added 2 cups of rice. It was delicious, but next time I plan to add twice the onion, salt and pepper.

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