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Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Bacon

Katerina | Diethood
Classic broccoli and cheese gets a flavor-blasted update, thanks to savory bacon crumbles, indulgent Gruyere cheese, and the sharp tang of feta!
Servings : 10 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


For the Casserole:
  • 2 pounds broccoli florets
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cooked to a crisp, and crumbled
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Half & Half
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese, (you can also use whatever shredded cheese you have on hand; pepper jack and sharp cheddar work well)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups pork rind crumbs, (or any dried breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Lightly spray a 3-quart baking dish with cooking oil and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add broccoli to boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Drain the broccoli; rinse with cold water until completely cooled.
    Transfer broccoli back to the pot where you cooked the broccoli. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour to combine; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in the Half & Half; cook and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the gruyere cheese, ½ cup feta, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk and stir until it's completely combined and melted.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli; add in the crumbled bacon, and toss to coat.
  • Transfer broccoli to previously prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining feta, and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl stir together melted butter, crumbs, salt, pepper, and chives.
  • Sprinkle over the broccoli.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is browned and mixture is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.




Serving: 10 g | Calories: 395 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 19 g | Fat: 31 g | Saturated Fat: 17 g | Cholesterol: 92 mg | Sodium: 655 mg | Potassium: 412 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 1291 IU | Vitamin C: 82 mg | Calcium: 437 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 9 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon recipes, broccoli cheese casserole, easy side dish