My grandma taught me pretty much everything I know about cooking but this dish is something I learned from my dad. (Be thankful I don’t share my mom’s recipes! Be VERY thankful!) It was a rainy Saturday afternoon, dad was in the kitchen making supper for my sister and me then I saw it… BROCCOLI! Now my mom would serve us broccoli and let’s just say it never looked, smelled, or tasted like broccoli and so the tiny tree veg was on my “Stick Nose in the Air” list.
I sat there, watching my dad prepare this dish, stick it in the oven, then later pile a heaping spoonful on my plate. Mind you, I was the kid who ate everything laid out before them (unless my mom made it) and I was a parent pleasing child, and who wouldn’t be when you over hear every night that there are starving children in China (at least that’s what they told my picky sister). One bite and I was hooked! From there on out, weekends at dad’s meant one of two things, good food and the possibility of Broccoli Rice Casserole.
Broccoli (about 3 stalks is what I use for the 5 of us, but I like broccoli in every bite)
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can of cream of chicken (you can also use cream of mushroom but I prefer chicken)
1 cup of dry rice
1/4 cup of shredded cheese (I use Colby/Jack because I usually have that on hand or you could use cheddar. My dad actually used slices of American cheese.)
Cut the broccoli and add to boiling water until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the rice according to the package, I use enough to make 2 servings (or 1 cup) which is sufficient for my family of 5 as a side dish.
When both the broccoli and rice are done, add them to a 2 qt casserole dish. Add the can of cream chicken and stir thoroughly. Top with 1/4 c of shredded cheese or 1 layer of American cheese slices until the surface is covered.
Bake at 350º for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Looking similar to this:
|Since I was finishing up a bag of shredded cheese,
I tossed all of it on there. But the cheese
is all nice and melted.
You can serve just like this, but I have one kid that thinks he doesn’t like cheese, it’s his way of trying to avoid eating something, so I stir it up so that he can’t “notice” the cheese. (Which is why the first picture looks differently.)
I’ve also used this dish as the main dish by just adding more rice, an extra can of soup, and a few cooked chicken breast shredded up. Hope you enjoy as much as my family does.
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