Once you’ve smoked at least one head of broccoli, you’re ready to use it in this wonderfully flavorful creamy dish. Keep in mind, you can make this a vegan recipe by swapping out all the dairy products for comparable vegan ingredients.
For those looking to make this a main meal, add a protein like chicken or turkey. Simply include the pre-cooked protein when you spread the other ingredients into the prepared oven safe dish.
So, here we go with our smoke broccoli casserole with apples and quinoa.
You will need:
- 1 cup quinoa, washed
- 1 head of smoked broccoli, finely chopped
- 1 cup finely diced apple (like Fiji, Golden)
- 1 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/3 cup Panko
- Salt/fresh ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk (may use coconut, almond, cashew or 2%)
- 1–1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil or spray a 9×13 baking dish. In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of quinoa. Cook according to package directions. With roughly 10 minutes left to finished cook, add the diced apple. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Panko and cook, stirring constantly, until browned (about 3 minutes); then remove from heat and set aside. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly until slightly thickened. Stir in quinoa/apple mixture, smoked broccoli, 1 cup of cheese, yogurt, salt and pepper.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Spread broccoli mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place in oven and bake until cheese has melted and the mixture is warmed through. Sprinkle with browned Panko and serve.
ADD YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITES:
This recipe can be changed to include some of your other favorites like cubed squash, grapes, cranberries. Or as mentioned earlier, you may add a protein such as chicken or turkey. Simply cook the meat separately in the oven, on the stove top, or on the grill.
You’ll love the balanced smoky flavor of the broccoli with the creaminess of the apple and quinoa. This is soon to be a Fall favorite as you adjust to the cooler temperatures.