Deviled Eggs and Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Isn’t it funny how there are just some recipes that shouldn’t be tampered with?

Every Thanksgiving, my family requests the same two things from me:  pecan pie and broccoli cheese casserole.  I can bring anything else I want to.  But I have to bring pecan pie and broccoli cheese casserole.  These are two dishes that I made a lot when I was still at home.

I suggested once that I make a brownie-bottomed pecan pie (how awesome does that sound?) and they freaked out!

“No!  We like regular pecan pie!”

“Why don’t you make that one to keep at home, but bring a regular one?”

That was fifteen years ago.  I haven’t suggested any changes since then.  I got on a no-processed-food kick a few years ago and changed the cheese I use in my broccoli cheese casserole.  It was okay.  The kids liked it.  But, to be honest, this recipe is better with the processed stuff.

Why mess with a good thing?

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

  • 1 pound of frozen chopped broccoli
  • 4 cups of Minute Rice (or 8 cups of cooked rice)
  • 2 15-ounce jars of Cheese Whiz
  • 2 10.5-ounce cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 10.5-ounce cans of cream of chicken soup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large saucepan, cover broccoli with water and add several teaspoons of salt.  Bring to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes – or until broccoli is fork-tender (That means a fork sticks in it easily with no resistance.).  Drain broccoli.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine rice with an equal amount of water.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

While rice is cooking, in a 9X13 baking dish, combine soups and Cheese Whiz until blended.  Stir in cooked broccoli.  When rice is done, add it to the mixture and stir until combined.

Bake for 1 hour.

Well Duh #1:  You can freeze this before baking.  Just cover tightly with foil before freezing.  It is best to let it thaw in the refrigerator before baking.

Well Duh #2:  If you want to serve this as a main dish rather than a side, just add 2 cups of cooked, cubed chicken before baking.

Isn’t that picture at the top pretty?  Grilled chicken breast, bacon cheddar devilled eggs, and broccoli cheese casserole.  Such a great meal.

Yeah.  That’s not what we had for dinner tonight.

We had this:


Yep.  That’s right.  Fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, and Smilies.  And don’t you just love my china pattern?

It was a rough day.  Don’t judge.

Just remember that time I was awesome and made this:

Deviled Eggs and Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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