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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Adapted by Pam / Original by Cook's Country


Panko Parmesan Topping:

  • 6 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • tbsp butter, melted

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole:

  • 1 lb broccoli florets, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • tbsp butter
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • tbsp flour
  • cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • slices American cheese *about 1/4 cup or 1 oz
  • 1 tsp hot sauce *I used Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine the panko crumbs, parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter then toss to coat evenly; set aside.
  • Place the broccoli florets in a microwave safe bowl then season with a small touch of sea salt, to taste. Cover the bowl and cook in 1 minute increments until just fork tender--the broccoli will cook more in the oven.
    Side Note: My broccoli took 1 minute 30 seconds but it really depends on the microwave and how big the florets are. 
  • Place the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish; set aside.
  • Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the half-and-half and bring to a boil.
  • Off heat very slowly add the cheddar cheese while whisking so it melts evenly.
  • Add the American cheese, hot sauce and dried mustard and whisk until combined. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. 
  • Pour the cheese sauce on top of the broccoli then toss to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle the prepared panko crumbs on top evenly. 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling around the edges and golden brown on top. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!