When you see a recipe with the name Ultimate Broccoli Cheese Casserole you expect it to be, well, something pretty spectacular, and this delicious casserole loaded with cheesy goodness lives up to its name!
With lots of healthy broccoli covered with a yummy sauce made with tangy sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, and lots of sharp cheddar cheese, and then topped with a crunchy crushed Ritz cracker crust, Ultimate Broccoli Cheese Casserole, really is the ultimate side dish! This delicious, iconic casserole pairs well with just about any entrée and is the perfect accompaniment to Brown Sugar and Bourbon Glazed Ham and Southern Potato Salad for your Easter dinner. It’s also perfect for other holiday dinners, potlucks or really any meal where you want to impress your family or guests!
And guess what? This crowd-pleasing side dish only takes about 5 minutes to mix everything together, and yes, you can make it a day or so ahead of time, so all you have to do is pop it in the oven on the big day.
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To make Ultimate Broccoli Cheese Casserole you will need fresh or frozen broccoli, sour cream, mayonnaise, cream of mushroom soup, sharp cheddar cheese, garlic powder, Kosher salt, ground black pepper, Ritz crackers, and unsalted butter.
When you are ready to get started, gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, cream of mushroom soup, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and grated cheese in a large bowl.
Mix well and add the broccoli!
Place the Ritz crackers in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process. Add the melted butter and pulse a few times to combine. Or, manually crush the Ritz crackers and mix with the melted butter.
Liberally spray a 2-quart baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray and add the broccoli mixture and spread out. Top evenly with the cracker crumbs. *If you are making ahead, at this point cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Bake the casserole uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until it is bubbly and the cracker crust is lightly browned. Let sit for about 5 minutes and serve.