Cheesy Broccoli and Beef Casserole

Quick, easy, and freezes well!

This recipe is a little twist on a favorite casserole side dish of Justin’s.  I  added some meat, tweaked the ingredients a little and made it an all-in-one meal.

All you need.

See the funny pitcher of milk?   I love Kwik Star’s bagged milk.  It’s cheap, and tastes better because it’s kept in an opaque bag. Little known fact: exposure to light changes the taste of milk (i.e. clear plastic jugs.)  How do I know this?  Well, high school FFA dairy foods judging, of course!!

Start with a chuck roast, trim fat and bone, cut into manageable chunks for the crock pot.

Place roast in slow cooker with plenty of water, a little balsamic vinegar, and some seasoning. Cook roast on low for a good 6 hours so it's nice and tender. You want it to fall apart easily.

Ingredients for two casseroles, one to eat and one to freeze:

1 roast cooked in crock pot and fork shredded

2 13 oz packages of frozen broccoli

2 cups brown minute rice

4 cups water

1 cup milk

1 jar alfredo sauce

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 tube saltine crackers

1/2 stick melted butter

Mix all but last two ingredients together.  Mixture will be runny.  Pour into greased casserole dishes. Cover one and put in freezer. Cover the other with tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Crush saltines in a quart sized, sealed baggie.  Pour in melted butter, reseal, and shake until crackers are coated.  Uncover casserole and top with crackers and put back into oven for approximately 20 more minutes.  Remove casserole from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!!

Mixture will be runny when you dump it into the casserole dish. And yes, ice cream pails have endless uses in our house!

Crunched up saltines and butter make the dish super yummy!

Kids liked it!

I love this recipe because it is quick, easy, and relatively few dishes.  It is also a delicious way to sneak some veggies into a dish.

Russell and Lucy each got to take a picture during supper. This is Russell's.

And THIS ... is Lucy's.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janiece on September 6, 2010 at 4:10 am

    This sounds yummy!!

    We use Kwikstar milk too — both here at home and at the daycare. You do save the Milk moola tops for your school right? We raised close to $1000 last year, one nickel bagtop at a time!

    Thanks for a great blog!
    Janiece

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