Layers of cheesy vegan béchamel sauce, thin sliced Creamer potatoes, and sliced broccoli florets, all topped off with a toasty, herb and garlic bread crumb topping. Bake and Serve. This Cheesy Vegan Potato & Broccoli Casserole is a great side dish and perfect for those chillier months.
December’s a pretty good month for casseroles, isn’t it?
While casseroles were a big part of my childhood, they’re not something I make very often these days. But with my head occupied with the flavours of Christmas, I started thinking about holiday entertaining, and the practicalities of it all. Aren’t casseroles kind of a lifesaver this time of year? I mean, they’re perfect for taking to holiday potlucks and family get-togethers: they serve plenty of people but they’re SO easy to prep ahead of time. Win-win!
This cheesy potato and broccoli casserole is loosely inspired by classic scalloped potatoes. For the base, I went with a veganized “cheesy” béchamel sauce, just a simple roux, onion and garlic, vegetable broth, unsweetened non-dairy milk, and plenty of nooch. If you prefer things a little cheesier, just stir in some mozzarella or cheddar-style Daiya shreds. This creamy cheesy vegan sauce is perfect for mac & cheese, pasta, soups, steamed vegetables, and of course, this cheesy potato & broccoli casserole!
This casserole is perfect for your average week-night winter meal, or as vegan-friendly side for all of your holiday dining needs! Happy holiday eating!
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Cheesy Vegan Potato & Broccoli Casserole
Yield 8 servings
Layers of cheesy vegan béchamel sauce, thin sliced Creamer potatoes, and sliced broccoli florets, all topped off with a toasty, herb and garlic bread crumb topping. Perfect for holiday potlucks and entertaining!
Cheesy Vegan Béchamel Sauce
- 2 tbsp vegan butter/margarine
- 2 tbsp unbleached flour
- 1/2 small red onion, cut finely
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used soy)
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/3 cup Daiya cheddar or mozzarella style shreds
Potato & Broccoli Casserole
- 1.5 lb bag of The Little Potato Company's Baby Boomers
- 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets, and sliced thin
- 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp melted vegan butter/margarine
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
Cheesy Béchamel Sauce
- In a medium sized saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of vegan butter or margarine over medium-high heat. Add the chopped red onion and cook until translucent and tender. Whisk in the flour, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika, and salt. Cook for 1 minute.
- Very slowly whisk in the vegetable broth, followed by the unsweetened soy milk. Stir in the nutritional yeast and Daiya cheese (optional). Turn heat down to medium and simmer for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted. Set aside.
Potato & Broccoli Casserole
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Combine bread crumbs, melted butter/margarine, garlic and onion powder, oregano, and a sprinkle of salt.
- Lightly grease a 9" pie plate with butter/margarine. Begin with 1 layer of thin sliced Creamer potatoes, slightly overlapping. Sprinkle with salt. Add a thin layer of sauce. Layer sliced broccoli florets, slightly over lapping. Sprinkle with salt. Add a thin layer of sauce. Repeat as many times as necessary (1-2 times). Be sure to salt each layer of raw potato or broccoli. Finish with a hefty layer of sauce. Top with seasoned bread crumbs.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover, and bake for another 10 minutes. If crumbs aren't toasted, set under broiler until just toasted. Do not burn.
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes before serving.
Be sure to slice the broccoli and potatoes thinly and evenly. The cooking times listed are for thin sliced potatoes and broccoli. I used my food processor for quick and easy, evenly sliced potatoes and proper broccoli "slices". Sliced broccoli, rather than florets, are a lot easier to try and wrangle into a layered casserole.