Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Mmm, creamy, bubblin' hot veggies! A nice side-dish for chicken or pork. I have also added pearl onions to the mixture, and they worked very nicely. Although this is a "side-dish", I have found that it makes a wonderful vegetarian dish when served over biscuits. Any which way you do it, its pretty darn good!!:)
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 heads broccoli
- 4 -6 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can cream of celery soup or 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can mushroom soup
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- breadcrumbs or corn flake crumbs, for sprinkling
- Break cauliflower and broccoli into bite-size pieces.
- Cook broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots in boiling water 5-7 min.
- Drain well.
- Slowly heat soup, cheese, margarine, milk, garlic, and seasonings until combined into a smooth sauce.
- Add water chestnuts.
- Mix veggies and sauce together in large bowl and pour into 9x13-inch baking pan.
- Sprinkle with bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.
- and 15-30 min.
- ,until casserole is bubbling all over in pan.
Wow! All I had on hand for cream cheese was the garlic and chive, and I had cream of boccoli soup instead of celery. I also had a package of sliced baby bellas that needed to be cooked and a summer sqash and a zuccini too so in those went and I ommited the water chestnets just because I ran out of room! Very yummy and EASY!!!!
What better way to improve veggies then with cream cheese. I usually try to make a new recipe exactly as is state but silly me didn’t check my supplies closely enough. I therefore had to use cream of mushroom instead of cream of celery. I added a stalk of celery in addition. I plan to try this recipe with the cream of celery next time. I would probably add salt to the veggies next time as they didn’t have much flavor and I had to add a lot when it came time to season to taste. I had to add celery salt, onion salt and garlic powder to get it right. I thought I had bread but only had one slice (figures!) so I made crumbs with that then I used a flour/corn flake misture that I had premixed for breading chicken. I added that to the bread crumbs along with a few pats of butter. All in all I liked this dish and will make it again. I think it could also be altered to include some other spices (Italian seasonings, for example) and would be just as good.