Deanna Mercer was a character, a beloved character. She was tiny, cute as a button, and enough older than I to seem really cool! I thought it when I was a teen, and years later my own teen daughter fell in love with Deanna herself. Yes, no doubt about it, Deanna had one of those personalities that transcends generations because she simply never aged.
I couldn’t have been over 19 or 20 when Deanna shared this recipe with me, and for the next 15-20 years I was expected to bring the broccoli and rice when my family got together.
It’s been many years since I have made Deanna’s casserole, but this week when my family gathered it was on the table once again…along with a lot of memories of the friend who left this life way, way too soon.
As you can see, this is a recipe designed for the EASY that we were all looking for in the 1970s. At that time, there was only one size package of frozen broccoli, and we talked about Cheese Whiz in terms of a big jar or a small jar. I adjusted to the following amounts by trying to remember about how much came in a package or a jar back then.
1 Cup Minute Rice (Deanna doubled and I do as well.)
Frozen Broccoli (I used about 1/2 of a 56 oz. package.)
2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
Cheese Whiz (I used 15 oz. and it was worlds.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Cook rice according to directions on the box.
2. Saute onion in butter until tender.
3. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a buttered casserole.
4. Bake about 20 minutes or until hot throughout.
Unfortunately, I was so busy trying to get things on the table that I forgot to take a finished photo!