Holidays are the times that I feel most nostalgic. At Thanksgiving that means I like to see certain dishes on the table. Turkey, of course, with dressing and cranberries in some form, sweet potato casserole, and always a broccoli casserole! Until recently it was about the only time of the year that I made casseroles.
As a young cook I always made a broccoli casserole to take to family dinners. Broccoli casseroles and Five Cup Salads were my specialities back then.
Many broccoli casseroles call for frozen broccoli. I prefer fresh broccoli. Don’t cook the broccoli to mushy, but cook it slightly past tender crisp. I always tend to be heavy handed on the cheese, and the end result is delicious!
- 1 lb. fresh broccoli florets
- 1 c. mayonnaise
- 1 small onion, finely minced
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
- ¼ c. butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 325℉. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Chop broccoli into large bite-size pieces. Steam broccoli to just past tender-crisp, set aside.
- Combine the mayonnaise, onion, mushroom soup, and eggs until blended. Stir in the broccoli and cheese and pour into prepared baking dish.
- Mix crushed crackers with melted butter. Sprinkle over the casserole.
- Bake at 325℉ for 30 minutes or until brown.
This delicious pimento cheese is in honor of The Masters Tournament! The Masters is held the first full week of April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Greg and I were both born and raised in the Atlanta area. We moved away from family, friends, and everything we had ever known when Wes was 5 and Savannah was 2 years old to Augusta. We lived there for 6 years and made many wonderful memories. We still keep in touch with great friends there. While living in Augusta we had the opportunity to attend the Masters almost every year, and have been able to go back a few times since leaving Augusta, including the Par 3 this week.
The Augusta National is a sight to behold. My dad was a huge golf fan and I can’t help but think of him when I’m out there. I know it’s a place he would have loved going. Here are just a few of the photos that we were able to take on Wednesday. You can tell that we are Bubba fans by looking at these pictures. We lived in the same area of Florida that Bubba was from. In fact, Wes went to high school where Bubba did and Savannah attended the elementary school that he went to.
This is the second pimento cheese recipe that I have on NJSD. The first recipe was among the first recipes I ever posted. Still a delicious pimento cheese, and probably more like the Augusta National pimento cheese, (if you make it with cheddar), than this recipe. However, when stumbled across this recipe on food.com and saw the ingredient list I tried it right away. The main reason was 1/2 cup mayonnaise. I really don’t care for a strong mayonnaise taste. After I made it the first time I knew that I had found my Masters week recipe. The Augusta National is famous for their egg salad sandwiches and pimento cheese sandwiches, which you can get for $1.50 each. I really think this pimento cheese is better than my old pimento cheese recipe and even the Augusta National recipe! I love the addition of garlic powder and onion powder and the four cheeses are a great combination. The cream cheese and the Monterey Jack cheese give this salad it’s creaminess. The Cheddar adds that great sharp flavor and then you get that extra little oomph with the extra sharp Cheddar.
So even if I’m at home Sunday, watching the finish on the television instead of the golf course. I’ll be enjoying my afternoon, watching to see who wins the green jacket, and snacking on this delicious pimento cheese!
Died and Gone to Pimento Cheese Heaven
- 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
- ½ c. Vermont extra-sharp White Cheddar cheese, grated
- ¾ c. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 c. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
- ½ c. mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 4 oz. diced pimientos, drained
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. paprika
- pinch of cayenne pepper or dash of hot sauce
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- With an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese.
- Add the other cheeses, mayonnaise, vinegar, pimientos, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and black pepper and beat until creamy and combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for about a hour before serving.
Great on sandwiches, with corn chips, crackers or celery and carrots.