Sunday, April 20, 2014

Broccoli Casserole and Green Bean Casserole For Easter Dinner

While the choice of vegetable sides and casseroles for Easter dinner are endless, the two mainstay vegetable casserole dishes that are brought by a guest to a Easter dinner are broccoli casserole or green bean casserole.  
 

Perhaps their popularity lie in the fact that, after enduring some travel to the family-designated Easter dinner home, both can be quickly reheated without tasting as though they were reheated.
 

Here are two quick and easy recipes for Broccoli Casserole and Green Bean Casserole:

 

15 Minute Broccoli Casserole Recipe:
1 Head of fresh broccoli or 1 bag/box of frozen broccoli florets
2 Cans of Campbell's Chicken and Rice Condensed Soup (original, not fat free or low sodium)
1 Can of Campbell's Cheddar Cheese
1 lb Block of Sharp Cheddar
Cut the spears off the fresh head of broccoli, discard the thick stalk.
Place the fresh broccoli spears or frozen broccoli florets in a (1 1/2 - 2 qt) microwave safe casserole dish.
Pour just enough water into the casserole dish to cover the broccoli.
Cook in the microwave until the water comes to a boil.  Continue cooking at a boil for 5 minutes.
Let the broccoli stand in the hot water until the water cools down enough to safely handle.
Slice the block of cheddar cheese into flat rectangles while broccoli is cooling.
Poor out as much water as you can without losing any broccoli - DO NOT USE A COLANDER.
Poor in the two cans of Chicken and Rice Soup and can of Cheddar Cheese. 
Stir ingredients until even.
Place back in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.
Stir ingredients again.
Place cheddar cheese rectangles on top of the mixed ingredients.
Microwave for 2 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.
 

15 Minute Green Bean Casserole:
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 Cup Milk
1 lb Fresh Green Beans or Frozen Cut Green Beans (let thaw)
1 Cup French Fried Onions
Preheat Oven to 375
Cut the ends off the fresh green beans
Place the fresh green beans or frozen cut green beans in a (1 1/2 - 2 qt) microwave safe casserole dish.
Pour just enough water into the casserole dish to cover the green beans.
Cook in the microwave until the water comes to a boil. 
Drain in a colander.  Return green beans to casserole dish.
Poor in the can of Cream of Mushroom soup and milk.
Stir ingredients until even.
Place back in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup french fried onions.
Stir ingredients again.
Place 1/2 cup french fried onions on top of casserole.
Place casserole in oven for 3 minutes.