I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sumptuous Broccoli-Onion Deluxe casserole! Seriously, this is a wonderful side dish for holidays or company. You start with broccoli florets, then add pearl onions. You cover the veggies with a thick creamy sauce made from heavy whipping cream and cream cheese.
Then you sprinkle grated cheddar cheese and Italian bread crumbs over the top before baking. The taste, texture and appearance of Broccoli-Onion Deluxe is spectacular. The festive green colors are great for holiday baking and are sure to grace any buffet or table. It’s not overly difficult to assemble and what I like about it is that you can make it ahead and then pop it in the oven about an hour before you need it.
I took this savory casserole with me to a large potluck we were having at our church last Sunday. I had some friends taste-test it for me to see what they thought. Thumbs up all the way around! I know you think I rave about everything but truly this is a great broccoli casserole recipe that is one you should consider adding to your repertoire.
I have changed around the original Taste of Home recipe I found in several of the older ToH cookbooks including the Bountiful Harvest cookbook. I use a thick cream and my amounts differ after trying to make this the greatest casserole possible over the years.
I think you will agree that this is a hearty and satisfying side dish that’s great for any kind of entertaining, but it’s also nice to put on your own table every so often too!
If you’re looking for a fantastic broccoli casserole recipe either for the holidays or any other time, then by all means, put this recipe high on your list. You won’t be sorry, and you and your family will be licking your chops afterwards! 🙂 It’s also a great casserole to use during the summer when you have an abundance of broccoli from your garden or CSA. Regardless of the time of year you make this dish, it is just plain good!
Broccoli-Onion Deluxe has always been one of my favorite broccoli casserole recipes.
We have served this dish many times for the holidays and company and everyone always loves it!
Lots of broccoli and pearl onions are covered in a rich, thick creamy sauce, topped with cheddar cheese and Italian bread crumbs. What a wonderful combination of flavors!
Here’s what I did.
Place broccoli in a large glass baking dish. I was making a huge casserole for church and this is just a small one for us.
Add pearl onions either from a jar or frozen. If the pearl onions come from a jar, rinse them in a colander before adding so you don’t have a strong brine taste.
Now make your sauce: Melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour.
Add cream about 1/8 cup at a time and whisk after each addition to incorporate all of the cream.
Cube your cream cheese and add to the sauce. Continue whisking until cream cheese dissolves.
Add salt and pepper and whisk to incorporate.
Now the sauce is ready.
Pour sauce over top of casserole. I use a heavy wooden spoon or spatula and move the broccoli around so that the cream permeates the whole casserole and doesn’t just stay on top.
Here I’ve poured the sauce over top of the large casserole but I haven’t poked the cream sauce around to the bottom of the pan with my spoon yet.
Sprinkle the top with grated sharp cheddar cheese.
Sprinkle with Italian style bread crumbs.
Now I’ve added the bread crumbs to the larger casserole. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for about an hour or until mixture is bubbly and cooked through.
Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes to brown up the casserole slightly.
We love the flavors of Broccoli-Onion Deluxe.
To serve: Scoop out Broccoli with a large serving spoon and place on plates! Make sure you have enough room on your plate. You’re going to want a LOT of room for this casserole!
Here’s the recipe.
- 2 ½ lbs. broccoli florets, frozen
- 2 jars pearl onions, drained and rinsed several times to get rid of some of the brine taste
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup flour
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream or half and half
- 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2/3 tsp. pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Place broccoli and onions in a large, greased baking dish or roaster pan (a 10×14” size is good).
- Meanwhile in saucepan, melt butter, then add flour and whisk until incorporated.
- Using a whisk, slowly whisk in the cream until it is a nice sauce-like consistency.
- I usually add about 1/8 cup at a time.
- Work the cream into the sauce before adding more.
- Cut cream cheese into cubes and add to sauce until melted.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Pour cream sauce over broccoli in baking dish.
- Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Then sprinkle bread crumbs over top.
- Cover with foil and bake about 1 hour at 350° or until broccoli is done.
- Remove foil and cook about 10 minutes more uncovered.
Give this tasty broccoli casserole a try for your holiday festivities!
Each spoonful of Broccoli-Onion Deluxe is so mouthwatering. It’s perfect to serve for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter dinners when you have a lot of company.
This is a wonderful, comfort food! My problem is I can eat this until the whole casserole all gone!
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