Broccoli Rice

November 24, 2010

In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow I praise a standard of my family’s holiday table–broccoli rice casserole.

This is a vegetable side that even most vegetable haters love. I have seen kids who will gag at the sight of anything green but Jell-o demand seconds. I have seen so-called adults get into serving spoon fights over the last gob in the dish. I have seen people pout for an entire dinner because someone neglected to make it (never mind that the buffet was groaning with almost uncountable side dishes. We’ll give up the green bean casserole before we give up the brocolli rice.

The recipe below is courtesy of Ask.com. Google ‘brocolli rice casserole+Cheez Wi’. Yes, there are dozens of recipes out there, and one can easily cruise the web for their own preferences (some use canned cheese soup), but Cheez Wiz… Well, it appeals to my White Trash roots, I guess. 🙂 Mom usually makes a double recipe, just in case, and seeing the proportions on this recipe, you probably should, too. It’s a sad thing to run out of brocolli rice casserole before you run out of appetite. I love my Mom.

Ingredients:
•1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped onion
•1 tablespoon butter
•1 can cream of mushroom soup
•1/2 small jar Cheez Whiz(TM), about 1/2 cup
•1 cup cooked rice
•1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli, cooked and drained

Preparation:
In a skillet over medium-low heat, sauté onion in butter; add rice and broccoli. Heat soup over low heat; add Cheez Whiz. Combine all ingredients; pour into buttered casserole. Bake casserole at 325° for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.
Serves 4.

I believe Mom also adds celery, and I’d advise you to use a good brand of brocolli. Nothing kills the mood like biting into an old bit that has the mouth feel of chewing on a twig.

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