Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Casserole is so easy to make. You just set it and forget it then you have a delicious comforting casserole.
I love a good cheesy casserole. This casserole uses fresh broccoli instead of frozen. I feel that fresh is always better. Better flavor and better texture. This casserole is the best way to get my kids to eat broccoli. What kid turns down anything smothered in cheese? Serve this casserole with roasted chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy for a total comforting Sunday Dinner. Put on stretchy pants because you are going to want seconds.
Buy broccoli crowns in the produce section of your grocery store. Buy 2 large ones. Once you get them home give them a good rinse. That is to get clean them from all the hands that have touched them. Plus the dust in the storeroom of the grocery store and to wash away any spray on preservatives.
Cut the broccoli into florets. Don’t worry if about big florets. The broccoli gets so tender in the slow cooker that it cuts like butter when done.
I don’t buy bagged shredded cheese. You want to buy a block of cheddar and shred it when you prep for the casserole. Once you stop buying shredded cheese and start buying blocks and shredding it yourself you will find it has a better fresher flavor. Cheese tastes way better when you shred it yourself. Once you do it you won’t go back. I know the bags of shredded cheese is convenient but pale in comparison to flavor. For this recipe I cut off a 6 oz. block and shredded it myself. A kitchen scale is a essential for every kitchen especially to weigh cheese!
Not all slow cookers are the same! Check on your casserole around at the 2 and half hour mark. It could take up to 3 hours. On the sides there might be some burnt looking edges. If so that is ok! Those burnt edges taste good.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Casserole