Bacon, Cheddar and Broccoli Casserole

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Best bacon, broccoli and cheese casserole ever. Broccoli florets, blanched and baked with bacon and cheddar cheese in cream, and eggs and spiced with herbs and black pepper.

If you ask me, the best way to make a recipe go from just okay to home-run, is to add bacon. Crispy, savory, all American bacon.

It is one of the main staples I keep here at home, whether it be in the fridge for a recipe I plan to make soon after purchase or in the freezer just to have on hand when the mood strikes.

For years I thought bacon was just breakfast food; a companion for eggs, home fries, and toast. Now, I’ve seen the error of my ways and add it to everything I possibly can.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that now science is claiming that bacon is actually good for you!

We’ll skip the science for now, my readers can google the health properties of high-fat, low-carb diet if you’re curious, and get on with the star of today’s recipe: Bacon, Cheddar and Broccoli Casserole. Even as I type the name, my stomach is rumbling in appreciation. Good thing this recipe is in the lineup for recipe rotation on a regular basis.

While some people like a lot of dramatic flair in their recipes, I tend to prefer a more simplistic approach. After a whirlwind of paying bills, running errands, cleaning house, editing blog posts and a plethora of other not-so-fun adult activities, my energy is often on the low side. I just don’t have it in me to sequester myself in the kitchen and whip up a gourmet, 5 course meal for my family.

That being said, this particular casserole recipe is the next best thing: it’s comfort food, which beats out gourmet every day of the week, in my humble opinion anyway.

It doesn’t get much simpler than a casserole made from many staples that most people have on hand already.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS EASY BROCCOLI CASSEROLE THAT TASTES DELICIOUS

Broccoli, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and of course, your basic spices which include onion & garlic powder, a couple of herbs, and a light sprinkle of salt & pepper.

That’s it folks, that handful of ingredients is mixed and baked together to make a filling casserole that will leave your family asking for seconds.

Worried about the heavy cream? Well, forget everything you’ve ever imagined because heavy cream should be your new best friend, second only to bacon.

Not only does heavy cream give everything from coffee to casseroles a richer consistency, but it’s also a low-carb option that is far superior in nutritional value than milk. Zero carbs and zero sugar, ladies and gentlemen. You will thank me later after the casserole has filled your home with yummy smells and your tummies with comforting warmth.

School night, during a work week or for an early Sunday dinner, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how little work is actually put into this casserole. 10 minutes of prep time, 20 minutes to bake and you’ve got an aromatic, filling dinner that is oven to table ready in just 30 minutes!

Helpful tip: I would suggest blanching the broccoli before adding it to the casserole prior to baking. This additional step will ensure that the florets are tender rather than crisp and also allows the flavor of the broccoli itself to steep in along with the rest of the ingredients.

Also, don’t be afraid to double down on the bacon if that’s your thing. Bacon makes everything taste better.

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Bacon, Cheddar and Broccoli Casserole

Bacon, Cheddar and Broccoli Casserole

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Broccoli florets, blanched and baked with bacon and cheddar cheese in cream, and eggs and spiced with herbs and black pepper.

Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar or Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F and spray an 8” x 8” casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli and water and cook for 2-3 minutes, or just until the broccoli softens slightly and turns bright green.
    3. Remove from heat and transfer broccoli to the prepared casserole dish and spread into a uniform layer. Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon and side aside.
    4. Whisk the eggs with the heavy cream, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and oregano. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli, cheddar, and bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the casserole is set and lightly golden brown on top.
    5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 609mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 21g

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

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Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Crazy Family. She is a stay at home mom of a little boy with a big personality. After having her son, she realized how important it is for moms to take care of themselves, physically and mentally. Vickie believes in the power of using social media and her online presence for good and is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.

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