The life of a food blogger is fun no doubt, but when it comes to the Holidays it can get a little hard to come up with new recipes each year. So this year I decided to have a Friends and Family Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner and have everyone bring their favorite dish. And this is just the beginning of the yummies that showed up that day. Make sure and check back for all these other recipes that will be posted in the next few days.
For The Hubby
When you ask The Hubby what he wants on the Thanksgiving table his first response is broccoli and cheese casserole. So when my Mother-in-law said she would be able to make it I knew The Hubby was going to ask her to make his favorite, and of course she obliged being the sweet mom she is.
One of the first Holidays after we were married I asked my Mother-in-Law for the recipe of this beloved casserole, and I have to admit I was a little surprised. You see after I had some at my first Thanksgiving with his family I never would have thought the cheesy goodness came from a jarred cheese.
Yep you read that right…the cheesy goodness comes from Cheez Whiz.
Now onto the healthy part
For the broccoli you can use fresh but my mother-in-law always used frozen and just cooked it real quick in the microwave. She likes to use the frozen broccoli bits but if you cannot find those just chop up the broccoli once it is cooked.
For fresh broccoli make sure you steam it or roast it until it is tender before mixing with cheez.
You can add some salt & pepper if you would like but I have not found it necessary thus far.
Can we talk about the topping please?
Ritz crackers & butter come together to make a crunchy, buttery topping for this already delicious casserole. Does it get any better than Ritz and butter for a topping? Not in my world.
You could leave it off if you want but trust me you don’t want too…it is one the best parts of the casserole (in mu humble opinion).
Bringing it all together
A big THANK YOU to my mother-in-law for bringing this dish to our (early) Thanksgiving Pot Luck and for sharing this recipe with everyone.
I hope this dish will make it to your Thanksgiving table…your friends and family will be so happy you did!!