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Pearl Onion Broccoli Bake

With its creamy white cheese sauce and buttery crumb topping, this dish is great comfort food. If you’re looking for a mild way to dress up broccoli, this is the recipe. —Charles Keating, Manchester, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 package (14.4 ounces) pearl onions
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook broccoli in 1 in. of water until almost tender; drain. Cook pearl onions in 1 in. of water until almost tender; drain. Transfer both to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter; whisk in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in cream cheese until blended. Add to vegetables; stir gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, until topping is golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 241 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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