Uncle Paul’s Broccoli Casserole

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broccoli-casserole-pieceEvery family has those one or two dishes that has to be on the menu for every holiday.  For my family, this is it.   My brother-in-law created this recipe at least twenty five years ago for Christmas dinner and we’ve been having it ever since.  We have branched a little, and we now have it for just about every holiday, not just Christmas.  Once you make it you’ll see how buttery, creamy and delicious it is.  I have no doubt that it will become your family favorite also. 



4 -10oz boxes of Chopped Broccoli

3/4 Lb American Cheese

1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers

1 Stick Butter




Cook the broccoli following the manufacturers directions. Drain. In a large mixing bowl, add the hot chopped broccoli, half the butter and the American cheese. Mix until the cheese and butter are completely melted. Add the salt to taste.

Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish. Crush the Ritz crackers. Melt the remaining half of the butter and mix with the crackers. Sprinkle the cracker mixture over the broccoli.

Bake in a 350º oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the cracker topping is brown and the middle is warm. 



Broccoli Stromboli

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Stromboli Broccoli1I made this variation of my typical meat and cheese Stromboli because we had some vegetarians for dinner.  I got rave reviews.



1 Pizza Dough

2 Lbs Broccoli Florets

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic

1 Egg

Cooking Spray



Drop the broccoli florets in salted boiling water for 3 minutes.  Immediately plunge in ice bath.  In the same pot, add the olive oil and the garlic.  Cook the garlic in the oil for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.  Add the broccoli to the oil and stir, completely coating every piece of broccoli.  Add salt to taste.  



Stromboli Broccoli

Roll out the pizza dough until it is rectangular in shape.  You can do this with a rolling pin, or with your hands.  If you are using your hands, stretch it in the direction that you want. Working with the dough is very forgiving, if it breaks, just pinch it back together.  Put the cooked broccoli on the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch to 1 inch on all sides. 


Roll the dough from the long side, pushing the broccoli in place as you go.  If you have an extra amount of dough at the end, you can cut it off and discard it, or you can roll it thin and place it on top so you have a little more dough on the Stromboli.  


Bake the Stromboli in a 400º oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Stromboli Broccoli2