Happy Monday friends!
I’m so excited that Thanksgiving week is finally here!
There are multiple reasons for my excitement:
- The food!!! << duh
- Black Friday shopping
- A break from work
- Time with family
- I finally get to put up my Christmas tree!
For me, the food is always the star when it comes to Thanksgiving. And we never miss a year of the Black Friday madness! Adrenaline junkies I guess 😉 hehe.
I also try my best to wait and put up our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving is over. I feel like this holiday needs its time in the spotlight too. Although its super hard to resist when everyone on Facebook is posting pics of their tree and decor! #jealous
Anyway, one of my favorite dishes on Thanksgiving is broccoli casserole. I’ve had a couple of not-so-good broccoli casseroles over the years, and needless to say it was a major bummer! So, this year, to save myself some heartache, I’m going to be making my own broccoli casserole to take to our family lunch.
In my opinion, broccoli casserole is one of the easiest and cheesiest dishes you can make for Thanksgiving! As long as you season it well, you can’t go wrong with the simplcity of the ingredients.
I’m sure a lot of you have your own, beloved version, but here is my take on it (with some help from my momma!).
Have a great week and blessed Thanksgiving!
- 32 oz. bag frozen, chopped broccoli
- 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
- 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
- 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 tbsp. garlic powder
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil or microwave broccoli according to package directions.
- Drain broccoli and add back into the pot.
- Add Velveeta cubes, shredded cheese, garlic powder, and a good amount of salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted (Add a splash of milk or water if it seems a little thick for you). Taste mixture and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Cut butter into chunks and microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted.
- Crush Ritz cracker in package or in a separate bowl. Add them to the butter and mix well.
- In a 13 x 9 dish (hint: use a disposable pan to make life easier!), add the broccoli and cheese mixture and spread evenly. Sprinkle the buttered crackers evenly on top.
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 min, until the top is lightly browned.