For my family, there is nothing more comforting for a side dish than a broccoli casserole. My Mama always makes the same one that uses processed cheese and rice and I made that for many years as well. But, when my Cousin brought this one to a family gathering I knew I had found a new favorite. While I do make other versions of this casserole, this is one my family always requests, especially around reunion time.
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1 head broccoli, florets removed
3 T. butter
1 small red onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 rib celery, finely chopped
10.5 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Steam the broccoli florets until tender, drain and chop into smaller pieces. Place the broccoli in a mixing bowl. Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes add to the bowl of broccoli. Stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until the center is set and top is golden.