When the holidays roll around, I am requested to bring my California Blend or Broccoli casseroles. I always get rave reviews for it, from the family. ( My Cousin calls every year for the recipe). The two are basically the same casserole, only exchanging the kind of frozen vegetables. I usually make the huge bag (60 oz) of vegetables and take a huge disposable foil cake pan full. I have tried to break it down to a smaller batch for everyday dinners.
The trick is the vegetables being partially cooked before making the dish. According if you like a tender crisp and cook longer if you want the fully cooked vegetable. I cheat and use the microwave, with the veggies still in the bag, which steams them perfectly.
This recipe breakdown was difficult, because I use the dab and smidgen method in my cooking, hopefully this has it!
Cheri’s California Blend Casserole
2 bags California blend frozen vegetables
1 cup Miracle Whip
Approx 1/2 a block Velveeta cheese sliced
2 heaping tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 stick butter (not margarine)
1/4 cup milk or cream
1 roll Ritz crackers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place frozen vegetables in microwave for 5 mins on high heat , Turn bag over and microwave for 5 more mins. Let set for 5 mins, open bag and drain water, being careful of steam. You do not want any frozen veggies, repeat if necessary.
Place vegetables in casserole dish. Salt and Pepper, place pats of half stick of butter on top of vegetables,
Mix Miracle Whip , sugar and flour together until smooth, add milk approximately 1/4 cup, to make a thick but smooth paste to add to the top of veggies. Fold into veggies.
Place approx half of box of velveeta (sliced) on top, covering all of the vegetables.
Melt stick of butter in a pan on stove, remove from heat.. crush a roll of Ritz crackers and add to melted butter and quickly stir until well coated.
Put the Cracker crumbs on top of the cheese.
Cook on 350 for about 40 mins until the cheese bubbly and cracker browned.
If you need a double batch, I use the huge bag of veggies at walmart, and double recipe.