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Broccoli Cheese Casserole Mini Pies + Giveaway

A new lunch box favorite, these broccoli cheese rice casserole Mini Pies! These cozy little side dishes make amazing leftovers, perfect for packing and surprising your sweeties for back to school.

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids

There’s nothing quite as comforting as homemade broccoli cheese rice casserole. My kids love eating it at southern restaurants and beg me to make it at home.

Once school is back in session, they need a little extra comfort after long days and piles of homework. Heck, I need a little comfort as well. Let’s be honest, as much as I’m ready to send them back to school at the end of the summer… The moment they are gone I feel a sense of remorse.

Easy Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids

Did we cherish every last summer moment? Did we make enough happy memories to counter-act mommy’s back-to-school shopping irritations?

I hope so.

How to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

These perfectly packaged broccoli cheese rice casserole mini pies are a little reminder of just how much I love them. They make a marvelous side dish to any meal, as well as a surprise lunch box meal on a tough day.

The mini pies start with creamy gooey broccoli cheese rice casserole, made on the stove top.

How To: Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

Sauté onions and broccoli florets in a skillet with a little butter. Then once they are just barely tender, I add in cooked rice, nutty California Cheddar Cheese, and silky California heavy cream.

The rich melting cheese and touch of cream make the texture of the broccoli cheese rice casserole something to experience.

Easy to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

Using dairy produced in California means that you’re getting products made with 100% California milk, from the more than 1500 dairy families in California. California dairy products are available nationwide and can be identified with the California Milk and California Cheese seals on packaging.

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The kids love helping place the puff pastry into muffins tins, then scooping in the creamy rice filling into each pie.

Simple to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

We top them off with a bit of extra cheese, then bake them until golden-brown.

Served hot or at room temperature, these little babies are as cozy as a fuzzy blanket.

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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

An easy mini pie recipe with all the comfort of classic broccoli cheese rice casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tb. California butter
  • 2 cup California shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup California heavy cream
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2 12-cup muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray, every other cup. Meanwhile, place 2 cups chicken stock and rice in a sauce pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes, until the stock absorbs and air holes form on the top. Fluff the rice with a fork and set aside.
  2. Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares and place a square down into the sprayed muffin cups, leaving the points up.
  3. While the rice is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onion and broccoli to the skillet. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is vibrant green and slightly soft. Add the cooked rice to the broccoli, then add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Stir to combine. Then add 1 cup of chicken stock and 1/4 cups heavy cream. Stir until the cheese has melted to form a sauce.
  4. Spoon the broccoli rice filling into the puff pastry cups. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently lift out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions are my own.

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134 Responses to “Broccoli Cheese Casserole Mini Pies + Giveaway”

  1. coriposted August 4, 2014 at 4:18 am

    We love mac and cheese with greek yogurt, broccoli, mushrooms and peas

    Reply

  2. Annaposted August 4, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I like au gratin potatoes.

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  3. Bri | Bites of Briposted August 4, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I love chicken and broccoli casserole and lasanga. Both are so memorable from childhood. I can’t believe it’s time to go back to school!

    Reply

  4. Kateposted August 4, 2014 at 5:39 am

    As silly as it is, cereal reminds me of back to school.

    Reply

  5. stephanieposted August 4, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Cauliflower mac and cheese!

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  6. Kim Henrichsposted August 4, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Definitely a good bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese!

    Reply

  7. Hannah Dianeposted August 4, 2014 at 6:09 am

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to make some for supper. Yummy!!

    Reply

  8. Judith M.posted August 4, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Grilled cheese sandwiches with a bowl of creamy tomato soup.

    Reply

  9. barbara nposted August 4, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I love to make rice pudding with a hint of nutmeg!

    Reply

  10. dcposted August 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

    funeral potatoes (hash browns, cheese, sour cream , onions, cream of something soup) baked casserole style.

    Reply

  11. Janet Tposted August 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I love to make banana pudding and/or banana cream pie.

    Reply

  12. Lisa Smithposted August 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Grilled pizzas!

    Reply

  13. Alice Fposted August 4, 2014 at 6:18 am

    My favorite is good old fashioned Mac n Cheese…with a ton of cheese added!

    Reply

  14. Pauline Gudasposted August 4, 2014 at 6:23 am

    We love to have a egg, sauagae cheese make ahead breakfast casserole

    Reply

  15. Katieposted August 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

    We eat lots of cheese. I make a great grilled cheese sandwich. Also a broccoli cheese soup that has milk.

    Reply

  16. Stephanie Kposted August 4, 2014 at 6:36 am

    smoked gouda macaroni

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  17. carolee c.posted August 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Apple crisp with lots of vanilla ice cream!

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  18. Leah Mposted August 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Corn chowder in the crock pot!

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  19. Lindsay Leeposted August 4, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Homemade macaroni and cheese we have it at least once a week at our house! The kids can’t get enough of it!!!

    Reply

  20. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted August 4, 2014 at 6:45 am

    What a fun idea – casserole in bite-size form!

    Reply

  21. BusyWorkingMamaposted August 4, 2014 at 6:51 am

    We like to make egg cups in muffin tins. They also freeze pretty well.

    Reply

  22. Christina Pposted August 4, 2014 at 6:53 am

    I love mac n cheese!

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  23. Terriposted August 4, 2014 at 6:55 am

    My favorite has to be mac and cheese!!
    These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try!

    Reply

  24. Linda K.posted August 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I still love tuna casserole. Even made with the goopy soup.

    Reply

  25. Sarah A.posted August 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

    King Ranch Chicken Soup! Basically, it’s chicken tortilla soup with lots of CHEESE!

    Reply

  26. Mercedesposted August 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Butternut Squash Soup with butter and cream!

    Reply

  27. Katieposted August 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

    It’s hard to beat a good homemade cheesy macaroni dish!

    Reply

  28. Kate Sposted August 4, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Mac and cheese… like so many others already!

    Reply

  29. sarah kposted August 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

    One of my favorite cheesy dishes is a cauliflower fennel cheese soup. I love the idea of broccoli cheese rice casserole mini pies, will definitely be trying it in the future.

    Reply

  30. Ericaposted August 4, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Yogurt granola parfaits!

    Reply

  31. Rebekahposted August 4, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Chicken, rice, and pea casserole. YUM!

    Reply

  32. Lauren Wposted August 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

    English muffin pizzas!

    Reply

  33. Mariaposted August 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Love that these are mini!

    Reply

  34. Kayposted August 4, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Macaroni and cheese with broccoli!

    Reply

  35. Jeffreyposted August 4, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Potato, Broccoli and cheddar soup in a sourdough bowl!

    Reply

  36. ashleyposted August 4, 2014 at 7:37 am

    mac and cheese

    Reply

  37. Jenposted August 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I love mac and cheese!

    Reply

  38. Marla Meridithposted August 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Love these mini pies & great for the lunchbox!

    Reply

  39. Rustposted August 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Chicken Alfredo is my favorite.

    Reply

  40. Neill Hinesposted August 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Love chess! Broccoli…not so much, lol

    Reply

  41. sherri laskoposted August 4, 2014 at 7:57 am

    cheese soup

    Reply

  42. latanyaposted August 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

    mac and cheese

    Reply

  43. Gabyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:03 am

    What a comforting little bite!

    Reply

  44. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:03 am

    It’s always mac ‘n’ cheese!

    Reply

  45. Leann Lindemanposted August 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Lasagne!!!!!!

    Reply

  46. Heather Christoposted August 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’m with Marla, these would be great for lunch boxes!

    Reply

  47. libbyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Would be Macaroni and Cheese

    Reply

  48. Leslie Kileyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Love chicken and dumplings topped with plenty of cheese and Mac and cheese.

    Reply

  49. Reneeposted August 4, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Beer cheese soup is a favorite at our house.

    Reply

  50. Sarahposted August 4, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Honestly just straight-up cheese is my favorite! Though a cheesy, heavy cream-laded quiche is a very close second.

    Reply

  51. Katherineposted August 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Cheesy Potato Soup. It’s major comfort food!

    Reply

  52. Becki @ Bites 'n Brewsposted August 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Lemon risotto! Butter, mascarpone and parmesan galore!

    Reply

  53. talya Bposted August 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

    hmmm….anything with cheese would do–baked potatoes, mac and cheese, pizza, cheese danishes

    Reply

  54. Kristinposted August 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’m all about homemade ice cream!!!

    Reply

  55. Cori R.posted August 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

    We add cheese to many dishes. We love quesadillas with fresh garden veggies this time of year.

    Reply

  56. Jill Jposted August 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The family loves it when I make homemade au gratin potatoes, so good!

    Reply

  57. Maria Malaveciposted August 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Macoroni and Cheese is are favorite!

    Reply

  58. Kimposted August 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Broccoli cheddar soup!!

    Reply

  59. Kristen D.posted August 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Banana pudding with whipped cream!

    Reply

  60. Claudiaposted August 4, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love anything with cheese and broccoli.

    Reply

  61. naomiposted August 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Loving how fast and easy this is!

    Reply

  62. Pamela Gurganusposted August 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    My favorite fall dairy-laden dish is creamy and cheesy broccoli cheddar cheese soup!

    Reply

  63. Joannaposted August 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love mac and cheese – brings me back to being a little kid and back to school time!

    Reply

  64. Carlynposted August 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Skillet lasagna is delicious or mac and cheese or grilled cheese

    Reply

  65. Lizzposted August 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

    quiche!

    Reply

  66. Paige Cposted August 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I love cereal, yogurt, frozen yogurt and smoothies!

    Reply

  67. Denise Wilsonposted August 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

    potato soup

    Reply

  68. Alice // Hip Foodie Momposted August 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

    for my kids: loaded mashed potatoes (with heavy cream) and for me: mac and cheese all the way! love these mini casseroles . . love finding new ways to use puff pastry!

    Reply

  69. Megan Marshposted August 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’m always torn between broccoli cheese soup and chili topped with frito’s, a few handfuls of cheese and a huge scoop of sour cream!

    Reply

  70. HSposted August 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I like baked macaroni & cheese.

    Reply

  71. RavieNomNomsposted August 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

    What a great idea!!!

    Reply

  72. Amy Tongposted August 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

    My favorite back to school comforts with dairy is quiche. The kiddos love it as well as the grown ups. :) What a great giveaway to get us ready to back to school. Thank you for hosting!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  73. Colleen Boudreauposted August 4, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Definitely Mac & Cheese!

    Reply

  74. Rosieposted August 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Homemade French onion soup!!!! Lots of cheese!!!

    Reply

  75. Candiceposted August 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    lasagne

    Reply

  76. Megan's Cookin'posted August 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Pumpkin ice cream! I cant wait for it to start hitting the shelves!

    Reply

  77. Barbposted August 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Has to be mini cheese pizzas

    Reply

  78. Jeannetteposted August 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    mac and cheeeeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  79. Mary Elposted August 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I love broccoli and cheddar soup! Or any kind of bisque really.

    Reply

  80. Catherine Jacksonposted August 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    My mom’s homemade mac and cheese was always a favorite! My family believes it is medicinal!

    Reply

  81. Nikkiposted August 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    mashed potato waffles

    Reply

  82. sharron orcuttposted August 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    mac and cheese fresh from the oven and definitely homemade

    Reply

  83. Tereseposted August 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Enchiladas smothered in ooey gooey cheese!

    Reply

  84. Danaposted August 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Pizza!

    Reply

  85. Heatherposted August 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Lasagna has to be my favorite back to school/ Fall dairy-laden dish!

    Reply

  86. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted August 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Mac & Cheese or quiche or lasagna—obviously I am easily pleased.

    Reply

  87. Joeyposted August 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    any kind of mac and cheese!!

    Reply

  88. Michele Behlenposted August 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    As the weather gets cooler , I look forward to mac and cheese.

    Reply

  89. Anneposted August 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Quiche is a favorite in our house, and it’s loaded with cheese, eggs, and milk, so it’s a pretty dairy-full meal! And I almost forgot about the butter in the crust.

    Reply

  90. Kristenposted August 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Mac and cheese!!

    Reply

  91. Carol Yposted August 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Mac and cheese or alfredo.

    Reply

  92. Anne H.posted August 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Alfredo pasta

    Reply

  93. Leigh Anne Bordersposted August 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    We love to make quiches. They are relatively easy and can be reheated!

    Reply

  94. Kaitlin Benjaminposted August 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Mac and Cheese for sure!

    Reply

  95. Heather Hayes Panjonposted August 5, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Cheese Empanadas Are My Favorite!

    Reply

  96. Sue Gerthposted August 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I think these would be great for my lunches when I’m at school! Easy, portable, and I can make them ahead.

    Reply

  97. Rebeccaposted August 5, 2014 at 5:30 am

    A good, old-fashioned cheese sandwich – my favorite when I was in kindergarten!

    Reply

  98. Alinaposted August 5, 2014 at 6:08 am

    It would have to be au gratin potatoes! YUM!

    Reply

  99. Sean Cposted August 5, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Easy as can be- grilled cheese!

    Reply

  100. Deirdreposted August 5, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I am a big fan of soups once the weather gets chilly. Our favorites are mushroom soup and butternut squash soup — both made with milk AND heavy cream!!

    Reply

  101. Jenniferposted August 5, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Grilled cheese sandwich! Thank you for this opportunity!

    Reply

  102. Mary Beth Eldertonposted August 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

    This broccoli cheese has my mouth watering! One favorite–any time–is the cheesy TexMex goodness that is King Ranch Chicken *home made with more cheese and no canned soup*

    Reply

  103. Cristinaposted August 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hands down, quiche is a quick snack, or side dish– even a main dish!

    Reply

  104. Shelbyposted August 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Butternut squash lasagna!

    Reply

  105. Catposted August 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    mac & Cheese!

    Reply

  106. Samanthaposted August 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Our favorite in this house is Mac and Cheese by far .

    Reply

  107. Andreaposted August 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I love a good, cheesy lasagna. It is even better left over the next day.

    Reply

  108. Nicole-Lynnposted August 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I love a cheesy, loaded oven smashed sweet potatoes! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  109. Marty Musserposted August 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I love pretty much all cream-based, cheesy soups. So perfect on chilly fall days!

    Reply

  110. Meredithposted August 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    What a tasty lunch treat!

    Reply

  111. Jennyposted August 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Quesadillas!

    Reply

  112. Amy Sposted August 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Quiche!

    Reply

  113. Lisa G.posted August 6, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Homemade mac and cheese…the way my mama makes it!

    Reply

  114. Randi T.posted August 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Macaroni and Cheese!

    Reply

  115. LinhCposted August 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    broccoli cheese soup

    Reply

  116. Dawn Lloydposted August 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I love chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce

    Reply

  117. Julieposted August 7, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Skillet lasagna and quiche!

    Reply

  118. Juli Vposted August 7, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Homemade macaroni and cheese

    Reply

  119. Shannonposted August 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Shepherds Pie!

    Reply

  120. Gailposted August 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Love some great soup – butternut squash/tomato/lentil you name it – LOVE

    Reply

  121. jemma dunnposted August 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Definitely Mac n Cheese! Shell noodles are the best. Throw a little bacon and some veggies in it and you have a full meal!

    Reply

  122. Heather Bposted August 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream

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  123. Renaposted August 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

    mac and cheese casserole or lasagna

    Reply

  124. Dposted August 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    they look so easy!

    Reply

  125. Susan Christyposted August 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Love Veggie Quiche with cream & cheese.

    Reply

  126. Jaclyn Reynoldsposted August 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Our go to dish is Baked Ziti. It tastes great as leftovers too!

    Reply

  127. Vickiposted August 9, 2014 at 7:03 am

    we love cheese so anything with cheese is tops on our list!

    Reply

  128. Sandyposted August 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Mac and cheese is the all time favorite

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  129. amanda whitleyposted August 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    i like broccoli cheddar pie

    Reply

  130. Christa Bengtssonposted August 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love cheese broccoli soup with extra cheese.

    Reply

  131. Annetteposted August 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I like zucchini frittata during fall – lots of cheese and heavy cream.

    Reply

  132. Christen Allenposted August 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Creamy ham & potato soup!

    Reply

  133. Carmen Nposted August 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Scalloped potatoes and ham (we make with plenty of cheese)

    Reply

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