HAMBURGER-BROCCOLI ALFREDO CASSEROLE
Serves at least 12
4 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, diced, green onions, or leeks (about 1 cup total)
20-30 ounces frozen broccoli florets or broccoli and cauliflower, defrosted (not cooked)
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, or a combo of parmesan and mozarella
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 Tablespoon basil
2 pinches nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large skillet, brown the hamburger and onion, seasoning with basil,salt and pepper; drain the fat if necessary. Put the cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on HIGH about 45 seconds until soft. Whisk until creamy and smooth. Gradually whisk in the cream until smooth, then stir in the nutmeg, cheese and garlic powder. Combine the hamburger and broccoli in 2 large, greased casseroles, 9X13. Drizzle the cream cheese and cream mixture over the beef and broccoli and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake at 350º for about 35-45 minutes, until bubbly and browned on top.
OAMC version: do NOT defrost the broccoli. Cook the meat and onions, cool. Combine all ingredients in ziplock bags or other freezer containers while the vegetables are still frozen. Freeze, labeling the bags.
On cooking day, defrost, spoon into casserole dish, and cook as directed.