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Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Indulge in a classic with a healthy twist – Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole. This crowd-pleasing side dish is quick and easy to prepare, healthy, and rustically elegant, making it the ideal choice for virtually any occasion – from a weeknight family dinner to a Thanksgiving gathering or other holiday dinner.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (2 packets “Seeds of Change” brand brown basmati rice)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock or broth (3/4 cup water + 3/4 teaspoon Better than Bouillon)
  • 2 cups chopped cooked broccoli (a 12-ounce frozen package)
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere (Swiss) cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped green onion (around 1 bunch of 5 to 6)
  • 6 tablespoons chopped dry roasted peanuts, divided use
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided use
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup homemade or Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 7 by 11-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the rice and stock. Stir in broccoli, grated cheese, green onion, 1/4 cup chopped peanuts, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the sour cream and mustard; stir into the rice mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Melt butter in the microwave. Set aside.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, using your hands mix the breadcrumbs, the remaining 2 tablespoons peanuts, and the remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro. Add melted butter and mix until all the breadcrumbs are well coated with the butter. Sprinkle over top of the rice mixture.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly hot and crumbs are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let the casserole rest at room temperature for 4 to 5 minutes before serving.


Make ahead: Casserole can be assembled but not baked earlier in the day, covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking.

  • Author: Adapted from "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: quick and easy
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of casserole
  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 471.7 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.9 g
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 41.1 mg