George H.W. Bush Broccoli Casserole

Updated on November 11, 2017
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I've spent half a century (yikes) writing for radio and print—mostly print. I hope to be still tapping the keys as I take my last breath.

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U.S. President George H.W. Bush once told U.S. News and World Report, “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!” He banned the vegetable from Air Force One. If only he had been fed this dish, the history of the world might have been different.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of chopped broccoli florets
  • 6 tablespoons of butter (margarine if you have to)
  • 6 tablespoons of diced Spanish or Vidalia onion
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2-1/2 cups of 1% milk
  • 4 cups of grated Swiss or Gouda cheese (Mongolian yak cheese if that’s your preference but I wouldn’t advise it)
  • A smidgen of Parmesan (see below)
  • 4 eggs, beaten (but gently so it doesn’t hurt too much)

Source

This makes enough to last most of a week as a side dish. That’s if there are three of you in the house and one of them is George H.W. Bush. It’s also a great snack or lunch item.

Preparation time

You know how this works. Recipes always lie about the time it takes to cook up something; dishes are forever “quick and easy.” This recipe takes as long as you like; it depends on how many people are in the kitchen, the quality of the conversation, and the amount of wine available. In a well-regulated kitchen there should be plenty of each commodity. So, let’s say 90 minutes – give or take.

Still with me? Bless you.

Method

  1. Steam the broccoli. I like to bring the water to a boil and then switch off the juice. After a couple of minutes put the beautifully bright green veg into a colander and set aside.
  2. Cook the onion until soft in the butter, add the flour and stir.
  3. Slowly add the milk and stir until the sauce thickens and remove from heat.
  4. (You could do a short-cut and use a can or two of condensed mushroom soup. But I don’t hold with that kind of thing. So there. Slow food, Yea!)
  5. Stir in the broccoli, cheese, and eggs.
  6. I like to goose up the flavour with a smidgen of freshly grated parmesan. A smidgen is a carefully calibrated measure equivalent to about a handful, or, if you are Donald Trump, two heaping handsfull.
  7. Pour into a greased (that standard recipe instruction sounds horrible; brings up images of Jiffy Lube) baking dish of generous proportions. I also like to sprinkle some extra cheese on top. Breadcrumbs too if you like.
  8. Bake uncovered at 375 F for about an hour.

Wine pairings (pretentious rubbish)

Whatever you damn well please, although I caution against the younger Nigerian Chardonnays.

Bonus Factoids

My wife and I have often said that if someone told us we could eat only one dish for the rest of our lives this might be it. Although I think a good case could be made for Ruffles All-Dressed Potato Chips.

According to the BBC program Quite Interesting "Americans eat nine times more broccoli than they did in 1970."

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      • Rupert Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

        Rupert Taylor 

        11 months ago from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

        Beth and Vanessa - It is very yummy.

      • Annkf profile image

        Betty A F 

        11 months ago from Florida

        I love broccoli, and this recipe looks really good!

        I'm going to give it a try!

        Thanks for sharing it.

      • NessMovieReviews profile image

        Mother of Movies and Series Reviews 

        11 months ago from Moreton Bay, Queensland

        Love this article.

        Very funny.

        Think I will even try your recipe, one of my gremlins doesn’t fancy veggies. I’m sure he will pick the green out, however, it’s worth a shot.

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