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Broccoli Bake

Broccoli Bake is a casserole made with a creamy white sauce from dairy free cream cheese, baked to cheesy perfection and topped with crunchy potato chips. The ultimate comfort food, warm from the oven, creamy, rich. You know it is always a keeper that the whole family will love.

Closeup view of a large serving spoon full of the Broccoli Bake being lifted out of the casserole dish.

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables, because what’s not to love?

Its texture and its taste are always appealing so you always count me in to an amazing casserole like my Broccoli Rice Casserole or my delicious Broccoli Casserole.

Ingredients needed for making this Broccoli Bake are collected in small containers on a wooden board.

What makes this Broccoli bake so good

I tell you it is the crunchy potato chips, because they add a lot of flavor more than a breadcrumb topping which is delicious as well.

Chili flakes give a little bit of heat which in my gusto is needed, otherwise this Broccoli recipe can be a bit bland.

The creaminess and richness which is achieved with cream cheese – one of my favorite ingredients in the entire universe like in my Creamy Mac and Cheese.

I steamed my broccoli lightly before making the Broccoli Bake which is great for the texture. No one likes raw broccoli, friends.

Shows how the white sauce for the casserole is made and how onion rings are fried in a frying pan until golden brown.

What you need for this Broccoli Bake recipe

  • Broccoli
  • Vegan butter
  • Chili flakes
  • Oat milk
  • Flour

 

  • Vegan parmesan, cream cheese, cheddar
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Potato chips

Picture of the ready white cheesy sauce and a large mixing bowl with the hard ingredients for the Broccoli Bake.

How to make Broccoli Bake

Preheat oven to 400°F and set a 8×11 inch casserole ready.

First of all, steam the broccoli florets. I use a steamer basket in my microwave and steam florets for around 8 minutes until they soften a bit, but have enough texture and crunch. Alternatively you can cook them on the stove or use a steamer attachment which you can use on your casserole or pot.

To make the onions: heat 3 Tbsp of  butter in a pan. Fry the sliced onion rings for around 10 minutes until they are golden brown. Set them aside.

Showing how the white sauce is given to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mixed.

Make the sauce: In a saucepan, melt dairy free butter, then whisk in the flour, cream cheese, oat  milk, garlic, parmesan, chili flakes, and season with a pinch salt and pepper. Stir until the sauce thickens up and is creamy.

Assembling: Mix broccoli with sauce, onions, and 3/4 of the chips in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to the casserole dish, add potato chips on top and sprinkle with cheddar.

Bake for 20 minutes then serve the Broccoli Bake hot from the oven.

View of a casserole dish with the Broccoli Bake before and after baking in the oven.

Freezing and leftover instructions

You can freeze this Broccoli casserole for around 1 month. Be sure to let it cool completely and then store it properly in containers or bags to avoid freezer burn.

Always thaw completely for reheating. You can leave it for a longer period than one month in the freezer, but I find the flavors are getting a bit less then.

Leftovers can also be stored in the fridge for around 4 days and reheat great in the oven or microwave.

Closeup of the Broccoli Bake in the casserole dish.

Tips and tricks:

You can switch potato chips for panko bread crumbs, but I find chips more tasty and delicious.

If you would like to add some herbs, dill or parsley can be great choices here.

Other broccoli recipes you need to try

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Tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your remakes, if you try this Broccoli Bake.

Cheers, Florian.

Closeup view of a large serving spoon full of the Broccoli Bake being lifted out of the casserole dish.

Broccoli Bake

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Broccoli Bake is a casserole made with a creamy white sauce from dairy free cream cheese, baked to cheesy perfection and topped with crunchy potato chips. The ultimate comfort food, warm from the oven, creamy, rich. You know it is always a keeper that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • 5 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 cup onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour (use gf, if you want to)
  • 1/3 cup vegan cheddar, shredded
  • 1.5 cup oat milk
  • 7 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 4 oz potato chips, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and set a 8x11 inch casserole ready.
  2. First of all, steam the broccoli florets. I use a steamer basket in my microwave and steam florets for around 8 minutes until they soften a bit, but have enough texture and crunch. Alternatively you can cook them on the stove or use a steamer attachment which you can use on your casserole or pot.
  3. To make the onions: heat 3 Tbsp of  butter in a pan. Fry the sliced onion rings for around 10 minutes until they are golden brown. Set them aside.
  4. Make the sauce: In a saucepan, , melt dairy free butter, then whisk in the flour, cream cheese, oat milk, garlic, parmesan, chili flakes, and season with a pinch salt and pepper. Stir until the sauce thickens up and is creamy.
  5. Assembling: Mix broccoli with sauce, onions, and 3/4 of the chips in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to the casserole dish, add potato chips on top and sprinkle with cheddar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes then serve the Broccoli Bake hot from the oven.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

Andre Arsenault

Thursday 21st of October 2021

I am assuming the milk goes in at number 4? Also there no mention of the temperature on the stove. Medium heat.

Florian

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Hi Andre! Fixed and medium heat is right. Hope that helps.

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