Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cheesy Broccoli and Hamburger Casserole


This is seriously good. It would also be really easy to tweak to make it your own.

I know good blog posts are dependent on good pictures, so I'm sorry :/  I have a really old point and shoot, the pan is disgust (my good ones are at a friend's house), and I don't own any trivets so it had to stay on the stove... In due time, I guess. It'll just take some practice to get the prettiest shot possible. Oh, and did I mention I was STARVING. It was at least an hour past our normal eating time and I get quite cranky when I'm hungry. The picture was the last thing on my mind :) The only problem I have with this dish is what to make for a side dish! It already has the meat and vegetables in it. Maybe some squash or something? So without further ado:

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup onion, chopped, 1 1/4 ounces
4 ounce can mushrooms, drained (*first time I used fresh, but it didn't seem to make a difference in taste*)
16 ounces frozen broccoli (*first time I used steamed, fresh broccoli and it was so much better than with the frozen broccoli*)
Salt and pepper, to taste

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Brown the ground beef, onion and mushrooms in a medium skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Drain the fat. Meanwhile, put the frozen broccoli in a 2 1/2-3 quart casserole with a lid. Add 2 tablespoons water, cover and microwave on HIGH about 6-8 minutes, stirring every couple minutes until tender crisp. Drain the broccoli; stir in ground beef mixture. In a 4-cup glass measure place all of the sauce ingredients, microwave on HIGH about 2 1/2 minutes, or until melted and smooth, stirring every minute. Add to the broccoli mixture and mix well; adjust the seasoning to taste. Bake at 350ยบ 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

It really is THAT easy. I do all the cheese shredding and vegetable chopping hours before i need to start dinner so that when the time comes, all I need to do is the actual cooking parts. Makes it so much faster, in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Oh my gosh! This sounds absolutely delicious! I would like to have some right now and it's only 8am!

    I don't have cool dishes or a great camera or fancy trivets either. Drats. I keep thinking, some day, but seriously, I'd rather have other stuff =o)

    Your picture looks great!!!