Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole February 03 2020


6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup panko  

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

2 cups chopped onion

1/2 cup diced celery

1 (8-oz.) package sliced mushrooms

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups Jambalaya Girl Jambalaya Rice Mix, 8oz pack

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 2 heads)



  • Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter. Combine melted butter with panko and 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese; toss to coat.


  • Bring broth and 2 cups milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and keep mixture warm until ready to use.


  • Melt remaining 4 Tbsp. butter in a large shallow Dutch oven or ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add mushrooms to Dutch oven. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, 45 seconds. Stir in flour until combined. (Mixture will be dry.)


  • Gradually stir warm broth mixture into mushroom mixture. Add remaining 1 cup cheese, and stir until well blended and smooth. Stir in jambalaya rice, sour cream and mayonnaise. Cover Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid.


  • Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove Dutch oven from oven; increase oven temperature to broil.


  • Microwave broccoli, 1/4 cup water, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt in a covered microwave-safe bowl at HIGH about 2 minutes or just until broccoli is tender and bright green. Drain and pat broccoli dry. Stir broccoli into rice mixture in Dutch oven. If desired, transfer mixture to a broiler-safe serving dish coated lightly with cooking spray.


  • Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over broccoli mixture. Place on middle oven rack, and broil 2 to 3 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Let casserole stand 5 minutes before serving.