Lunch / Dinner
Kielbasa & Broccoli Casserole with Beer Cheese Sauce
Similar to broccoli-rice casserole, this first cheesy Kielbasa & Broccoli Casserole with beer cheese sauce takes a German twist. Spaetzle (a German egg noodle) subs for rice, while kielbasa, Cheddar, beer, and mustard unite for incredible Alpine flavor.
FOR THE TOPPING, TOSS:
FOR THE SAUCE, MELT:
Test Kitchen Tip
To make the topping, look for pretzel rolls or any kind of fresh pretzel bread in the bakery section of your grocery store.
Preheat oven to 375°. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
For the topping, toss bread crumbs with melted butter. Stir in ½ cup Cheddar; season with salt and pepper.
For the sauce, melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Brown half the kielbasa on both sides; transfer to a plate. Repeat browning with remaining kielbasa.
Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in same sauté pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and garlic; cook 1 minute, then whisk in milk and mustard. Simmer (do not boil) sauce until slightly thick, about 8 minutes. Whisk in 1½ cups Cheddar until melted. Stir in beer, and season sauce with salt and pepper.
Stir kielbasa, spaetzle, broccoli, and onions into sauce; transfer to prepared baking dish.
For flavor and browning, add some of the Cheddar cheese to the fresh pretzel bread topping.
Because it’s light tasting, lager is a good beer choice in this casserole. It enhances the other flavors.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 113mg 37%
Sodium 885mg 36%
Carbs 48g 16%
Fiber 3g 12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.